5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

by  Evan Linder, Andrew Hobgood

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5f

It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town? 

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

by  Evan Linder Andrew Hobgood

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  • Duration


    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Period, Experimental
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway, Best Overall Production: 2012 New York Fringe Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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It’s 1956 and The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. As the assembled “widows” await the announcement of the society's prize-winning quiche, the atomic bomb sirens sound! Has the Communist threat come to pass? How will the “widows” respond as their idyllic town and lifestyle faces attacks? Winner of the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival as Best Overall Production, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is a tasty recipe of hysterical laughs, sexual innuendoes, unsuccessful repressions, and delicious discoveries.

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  • Winner! 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production


"It's raw and magnetic dementia seems destined to attract a cult following." - The New York Times , Read More

★★★★ (out of five) "A cult hit...gleaming with comic polish." - Time Out New York, Read More

★★★★ (out of four) "I wouldn't be surprised if 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, like The 39 Steps, becomes a mainstream favorite of theater troupes around the country...skillfully, lovingly, and deliciously prepared." - Chicago Stage Standard

★★★★ (out of five) "Expanded from an award-winning sketch, this wonderfully ridiculous scenario delivers what it promises. This ensemble piece is smart, sharp and hysterically funny." - Time Out Chicago, Read More

"A delectable portrait of sublimated Sapphism...[5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche] dishes up high-spirited theatrical comfort food with a bit of a saucy kick." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

★★★★★ (out of five) "The bitingly funny story of friendship, pastry and forbidden love has the audience in stitches." - Vancouver Sun, Read More


5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, or How a Play About Lesbians in a Nuclear Bomb Shelter is for Everyone
by Garrett Anderson 
October 11, 2016


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    A community center basement. 1956 America.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)



WREN ROBIN - Events chairwoman
VERONICA "VERN" SCHULTZ - Buildings and grouds chairman
DALE PRIST - Historian

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

Though Dale and Ginny are the youngest of the five officers, the ladies can vary in age. 



Evan Linder

Evan Linder is a founding member of The New Colony(Winner of Broadway in Chicago's Emerging Theatre Award- 2011) in Chicago, IL where he also serves as Co-Artistic Director. He works as a playwright, actor and director. He also teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. Evan's first play produced in Chicago, FRA ...

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Andrew Hobgood

Andrew Hobgood is the Founding Artistic Director of The New Colony and the Business Strategist for Vosges Chocolate in Chicago. His last play,

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche was first presented by The New Colony, under Co-Artistic directors Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder and producing director Will Rogers, at Dank Haus in Chicago, Illinois, on June 24, 2011. It was directed by Sarah Gitenstein. This production was subsequently presented in New York City at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, before transferring to the SoHo Playhouse, Off-Broadway, on October 20, 2012.

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