Eggers Can’t Be Choosers—Or Can They? (A Post by Allison)
Updated: Mar 31
Lucy Ricardo: Did you ever wish there was something else to marry besides men?
Ethel Mertz: Often.
They really were pioneer women, those two, and not just because of the accidental
advocating they did for marriage equality.
In the 1950s, women were cruisin’ for a…well, choosin’, and Lucy and Ethel delicately
defended the idea that women should have their voices and choices respected.
Well, who better to take our LGBT-cue from than a couple of intrepid and innovative gal
In the fall of 2023, Mosaic Players has chosen to present 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche*,
a screwball comedy that’s zippier than a conveyor belt whipping nuggets of chocolate
past a panicky redhead and her hapless sidekick.
In the play, the comestible of choice is a quiche, and its consumers are members of the
Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, a coterie of egg-headed
widows who make the frightful but delightful discovery that the bloom is off the heteros.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a seriously scintillating satire of women’s roles in the
1950s, enlisting its characters in a caricature of the sexism, heterosexism,
consumerism, and Communism exuberant in the era.
As an antidote to the nefarious Red Scare, Mosaic Players will be collaborating with a
company whose designation is considerably more multifarious: Violet Surprise Theatre.
Violet Surprise shares Mosaic’s mission of presenting plays that embrace equity,
equality, and empathy; are relevant to and representative of our audiences; and, in the
case of this production, guarantee all involved a gay old time.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche marks the Artistic Directorial debut of Allison Fradkin, who
appeared in Mosaic Players’ production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, and who serves
as Co-Artistic Director of Violet Surprise Theatre. Actress and up-and-coming director
Tera Flores will be at the helm of our production.
Auditions for lipstick thespians are slated for June, and performance locations (we’re a
traveling troupe) will be announced shortly thereafter.
*rights pending, not that there’s anything wrong with that