5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  5f

By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
With contributions by Sarah Gitenstein, Mary Hollis Inboden, Meg Johns, Thea Lux, Beth Stelling, and Maari Suorsa

"Dishes up high-spirited theatrical comfort food with a bit of a saucy kick." -  Chicago Tribune

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
  • Duration
    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
  • Winner! 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



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? 

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.
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
WREN ROBIN - Events chairwoman
VERONICA "VERN" SCHULTZ - Buildings and grouds chairman
DALE PRIST - Historian
  • Time Period 1950s
  • Setting A community center basement. 1956 America.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission, Special Effects
  • Duration 75 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


"Its raw and magnetic dementia seems destined to attract a cult following." - The New York Times

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

"Surprisingly emotional...hysterically funny...and genuinely surprising" - Gothamist

"A farcical romp behind whose silliness lies some social and political observation that remains potent even in the dawning age of legalized gay marriage" - nytheatre.com

"Period political drama and laugh-out-loud exaggerated scenarios" - Backstage

★★★★ (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

"It’s been weeks — maybe months — since I’ve really laughed at a play. I mean, belly-achin’, nearly-wet-myself laughed...The New Colony offers that much-needed release in their ridiculous and riotous 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche." - Chicago Theatre Addict

★★★★ (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

"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

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

★★★★ (out of four) "5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is brilliantly funny and a delight to pick up on the film and cultural references...Just like quiche, this show is meant to be shared with friends!" - Chicago Theater Beat

Grade: A- "By and large, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche's strengths lay in the script...Linder and Hobgood weave clever punch lines throughout the plot, anchoring the seemingly absurd premise. True Genius!" -Charleston City Paper

"A surprisingly engaging, though mostly absurdist, play about a group of 1950s semi-closeted lesbians...Your relationship with quiche will never be the same again." - Newcity

"Critics' Pick!" - Windy City Times

"5 Lesbians is a sort of Fail Safe as if written by Lillian Hellman, but much more fun." - Talkin' Broadway

"Gut-busting Perfection! What's funnier than funny? 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche! I know it sounds like a joke but I'm serious! I can't stop laughing at these lesbians." - ChicagoNow

"A "Must-See" Show! Who knew that lesbian separatism could be so damn fun?...This show is funny, with big belly laughs every few seconds." -Centerstage Chicago

"Completely hilarious!" - WBEZ 91.5 Chicago


  • 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche promo


  • Musical StyleN/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal DemandsN/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus SizeN/A (Not a musical)



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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 ...
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Andrew Hobgood

Andrew Hobgood is the Founding Artistic Director of The New Colony and a Business Strategist in Chicago. His last play, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, won Outstanding Production at the 2012 New York International FringeFestival and is published by the  Samuel French imprint of C ...

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