5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche @ Montreal Fringe 2015

 12 June
 Montreal, Canada
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 Davyn Ryall
This new FB event page replaces the previous one... Do you love quiche? Most of us do but many are afraid to come out and admit to it. Are you ready to admit it? Come out and admit it! What an EGGcellant idea! It’s 1956, the widows of The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are hosting the Annual Quiche BreakFast. Their mantra is “NO MEN! NO MEAT! ALL MANNERS! EGGspectations are high! Featuring an EGGsemplary local cast of 5 talented LadySisters. The theme; the irony of Fundamentalism. Quebec premier cooked up by Village Scene Productions for the 25th edition of The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, June 12-21, 2015. EGGceptional cheesy fun -but hold the sausage. The widows of The Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are ready to come out and declare that they are no longer ‘widows’, they are… 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche* Play by: Evan Linder & Andrew Hodgood. (Presented with permission of Samuel French, NYC) "Recipient of “Best Overall Production 2012 NYC Fringe." Directed by: Davyn Ryall Fringe Venue #5 Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, Salle Jean Claude Germain, 3900 St-Denis (Métro Sherbrooke). Performance schedule: -Friday, June 12th, 22:10 (10:10pm). "V" -Saturday, June 13th, 14:40 (2:40pm). -Monday, June 15th, 18:10 (6:10pm). -Wednesday, June 17th, 19:40 (7:40pm). -Saturday, June 20th, 15:10 (3:10pm). -Sunday, June 21st, 19:25 (7:25pm). EGGemplary talented ensemble local cast of LadySisters: (Biographies are listed below.) Victoria Barkoff – Wren Robin, Special Events Chairwomen (Appearing with special permission from CAEA.) Laura Flynn – Ginny Cadbury, Secretary Tina Mancini – Lulie Stanwyck, President Allie Shapiro – Dale Prist, Historian Kathy Slamen – Veronica (Vern) Schultz, Buildings and Grounds Chairwomen. 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? In this black comedy, audiences get an opportunity to sit in on a meeting of a 1950s women’s organization whose motto — No Men, No Meat, All Manners — suggests they have more in common than just savoury pastry. It’s not about men-hating... It’s about a group of women coming together and holding on to something that is precious. That something precious includes a reverence for the egg, “The egg is as close to Mother Nature as a piece of food can be.” intones the Society’s President Lulie Stanwyck. Real men might not eat it, but the members of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein worship it. Every audience member is given a woman's nametag on entry. You may be called out by it during the show. At one point, everyone is a lesbian. “Why (name) there a lesbian?” an actor may ask the audience: “I once saw her pushing a lawnmower!” This play is a farce, it's meant to be ridiculous, and while it takes the possibility of an apocalyptic event during the Cold War to get these women to finally admit their forbidden love, the play still holds many truths today: the irony of fundamentalism, and the value of being true to oneself rather than the expectations of society. In a way, not a whole lot has changed when you look at how people are controlled by fear ... In the gay community, we still are oppressed. These women have a strong friendship that helps them overcome their fears. What was 1956 like for a lesbian; that is one subtext. The play starts with 1956-era elements like the omnipresent fear of nuclear war juxtaposed with the cult of female domesticity. Whose quiche will win the cook-off, with the winning entry being served for the Susan B. Anthony for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein Annual BreakFast? The cooking contest is a commonplace mechanism for encouraging competitive domesticity. The winner of the quiche contest is Vern (short for Veronica) Shultz the Society’s Building and Grounds Keeper, played by Kathy Slamen, a true caretaker at heart. She has designed an impeccable fallout shelter, at which the meeting is conveniently held. Vern is a seamstress, who does not mind mixing business with pleasure when she measures up pantsuits. Vern is just one of five diverse and hilarious characters in this play. The society’s members refer to each other as the ‘widows’. What exactly is a ‘widow’ a euphemism for when all of the society members have never been married? Soon this question is asked directly, laying bare decades of flowery linguistic workarounds. The play is chock-full of not too subtle double entendres. Speaking of a woman who has been unceremoniously drummed out a few years ago for a grievous culinary offense, the ladies ask what sort of society member wants to put sausage – oh the horrors, meat! – in a quiche, that pure vehicle of egg? If real men don't eat quiche, real lesbians don't eat quiche with meat. Why the constant references to eggs? It has to do with the society's founder, Lady Monmont, an avid homesteader. The specific feminine attributes of eggs are hinted at, but not specifically described. Is a strong, independent, homesteading woman synonymous with lesbian? Perhaps that is one stereotype, but another society member is described as a porcelain doll, Dale Prist the Society’s Historian and youngest member of the quintet played by Allie Shapiro, albeit one with incredible sprinting ability. Along with: Lulie, Vern, Dale are, Ginny Cadbury the Society’s Secretary and the newest member played by Laura Flynn, and Wren Robin the Special Events Chairwomen, played by Victoria Barkoff, as well as various mentions of other society members, it is clear lesbians cannot be stereotyped. Don't think too much about plot points, such as whether someone who is a self-declared sister of Gertrude Stein would also find the word lesbian unspeakable; that may have been the case after all in 1956. The play features several plot twists that may shock, but the humour continues in a snappy and continuous fashion throughout. The script’s relentless double entendres reveal that lesbians can be just as campy as gay men, though perhaps more inclined to egg-worship. When the plot finally kicks in, the Cold War setting pays off in a series of hilarious twists. Fringe Venue #5 Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, Salle Jean Claude Germain, 3900 St-Denis (Métro Sherbrooke). Performance schedule: -Friday, June 12th, 22:10 (10:10pm). "V" -Saturday, June 13th, 14:40 (2:40pm). -Monday, June 15th, 18:10 (6:10pm). -Wednesday, June 17th, 19:40 (7:40pm). -Saturday, June 20th, 15:10 (3:10pm). -Sunday, June 21st, 19:25 (7:25pm). - Tickets: $10* Regular / Seniors (60+) $5* Special rate if born in the year 1956 *(Plus box office service charges.) - Mature content, recommended for audiences aged 12+ - Latecomers: 5 minutes - Performance schedule & box office information @: www.montrealfringe.ca 514-849-FEST (3378). Production information, creative team & cast extended biographies available at: www.villagescene.com The promo-video for 5LEAQV2 is now up on You Tube @https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2CP6vJjFyI&feature=youtu.be "It's All About The QUICHE!" featuring the LadySisters of the Susan B. Anthony Society of the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. The EGGceptional promo-video for 5LEAQV1 is now up on You Tube @ http://youtu.be/YROSH0-jIq4 "It's All About The EGG!" featuring the LadySisters of the Susan B. Anthony Society of the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. Production history: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche “5LEAQ” has gained a strong following in America and now the LadySisters conquer the globe. Hailed by Ben Brantley of the New York Times for its “raw and magnetic dementia which seems destined for a cult following,” and given four stars by Time Out which called it "sharp, smart and hysterically funny." After a successful run and extension in the summer of 2011 in Chicago and productions in Omaha, Charleston, Boulder and San Francisco, the play was entered into the 2012 FringeNYC and was accepted into the FringeNYC Encore Series receiving the Best Overall Production award. The encore venue was the SoHo Playhouse where most performances were sold out. After the extended runs Off Broadway, 5LEAQ played at the Crown and Anchor’s Paramount Theater in Provincetown, MA. The Canadian premiere was at the Vancouver Fringe, September 2013. It was also presented at the Pearl McManus Theater (at the historic Palm Springs Woman's Club) in November 2014 and it received multiple remounts in Chicago. There is currently a touring production in Australia until 2016. The Quebec premiere is presented by Village Scene Productions at the Montreal Fringe #25, June 12-21, 2015. The reviews: - "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 - "Dishes up high-spirited theatrical comfort food with a bit of a saucy kick." - Chicago Tribune - “Sharp, smart and hysterically funny.” – Time Out Chicago - "Your relationship with quiche will never be the same again." - New City - "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 - "Period political drama and laugh-out-loud exaggerated scenarios" - Backstage - ★★★★½ (out of five) "The raucously off-kilter humor never obscures the more serious grace notes and sub-texts...It is silly, it is rude, it is laugh-out-loud funny, and it's all over too soon." - Atlanta Theater Buzz Short BIOS: (Longer BIOS @ www.villagescene.com) VICTORIA BARKOFF...is a Montreal actress working in film, television and theatre. This is her forth collaboration with VSP: EQUUS as Dora Strang, 2011; My BIG Gay Italian Wedding as Angela Pinunzato, 2014; 5LEAQ as Wren, Harvest Stage Reading 2014. She is looking forward to performing in this wild and whacky play and consuming lots of quiche. LAURA FLYNN...hatched in Dundalk, Ireland. A theatre graduate of Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway. Working in improvisation, stand-up comedy, sketch and theatre, she’s performed in Ireland, England, France and Scotland (at Tedfest in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014). In Montreal she’s an active member of the improv community at Montreal Improv and Theatre Ste-Catherine and featured in shows like YARN, Ladies and Gentlemen; Gettin’ Plorpy; and Hey Gorgeous! This is Laura’s second time at The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe. Her first time was with Theatre Rua’s Griffintown in 2010. She’s EGGtremely happy to be a part of this production, her first with VSP. TINA MANCINI...is a proud graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School, N.Y.C. Locally, she studied voice with Suzanne Robertson. Maria (My BIG Gay Italian Wedding), Flips (Merton of The Movies), Witch (Into The Woods), Puck (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Lin (Great American Trailer Park). This is her second collaboration with VSP; she'll be staring this fall in the VSP Canadian premier of "Flames: a musical mystery-thriller". Tina’s EGGcited to perform as Ginny! ALLIE SHAPIRO...was born and raised in Stamford, CT and has recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Psychology from Concordia University. Montreal credits include Elizabeth in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Rose in Rose Quartz, Woman 1 in Samuel Beckett’s Play, as well as Idem Eadem Idem and Islands of Love at Concordia University. Big congratulations to all of her LadySisters - Long Live the Egg! KATHY SLAMEN...holds a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia and BFA specialization in Film Production from the Mel Hopenheim School of Cinema. She's a budding standup comedian, stage name of Miss Kalliope, currently a student at Montreal Improv. As an actor, director, cinematographer, playwright and photographer, she rediscovered theater when she wrote a spoof of "Sex and the City", the smash 2005 Montreal Fringe hit "Sex and La Cité" which was remounted that fall during Harvest produced by VSP.

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