Chatting with ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ director Maxim Lardent

Mmmm quiche: The ladies indulge in olfactory delights.
Eve Smith

It’s 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is enjoying its quiche breakfast. As the play unfolds, the sisters prepare for an imminent atomic attack when they discover their repressed sexual desires—for each other. Winner of the Best of Fringe at this year’s Vegas Fringe Festival, the Poor Richard’s Players comedic production of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche was so well-received that the troupe is now performing an encore run at Las Vegas Little Theatre.

I’ve read that the play deals with finding the lesbian inside all of us. True? I would agree with that. I mean, it may not be a literal lesbian inside you, but there’s always something you’re not letting the real world see, whether that be your love for quiche or your love for another woman. Sometimes you just gotta get it out there.

How did Poor Richard’s Players find 5 Lesbians? This play was originally done by the New Colony Theatre in Chicago. I knew someone related to one of the original cast members, and they were nice enough to help us figure out what we wanted to do.

Did you expect such a positive response? There’s always the hope. I really think it helped that we were in the smaller theater—only 45 people at a time could see it. By the time we had to do the Best of Fringe performances, the encores, people could not get tickets. They announced the show on Monday, and we sold out by Wednesday morning.

How does audience participation affect the outcome of the play? You’re actually getting a name tag. You’re going to get named as a ’50s lesbian. You’re part of the show. The officers interact with you, and you’re a character. A lot of our cast members have experience with improv, which helps, ’cause a lot of the lines in the show are improvised. [In] one of our best of performances, one audience member just refused to say anything.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche July 18-19, 25-26, 9 p.m.; July 20 & 27, 4 p.m.; $10-$15. Las Vegas Little Theatre, 702-362-7996.

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