Proud Mary Theatre Presents  ‘5 Lesbians’ Preview in “Nouveau 9” Exhibit at ArtWalk Thursday

Proud Mary Theatre Company is delighted to be part of the West Main Artists Co-op’s collective showcase featuring 9 of its newest members in the exhibit “Nouveau 9” Jan. 18-Feb. 10, 2018.

Proud Mary will present a free preview of the company’s latest hilarious production of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” at 7:30 p.m. during the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 18 during Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk. Oh, and the ladies will be serving homemade quiche!

Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” runs February 1-11 at Converse College.

Join the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein for their annual quiche breakfast in this hysterical Off-Off-Broadway comedy hit that nabbed the top prize at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival!

Directed by Kate Roark, who helmed last year’s smash “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Spartanburg Little Theatre, this all-female production  is set in 1956 as the widows conduct their board meeting and decide whose egg concoction will be crowned Best Quiche. But will the sisters be able to keep their cool when Communists and nuclear war threaten their idyllic town?

This play stars Caroline Davis, Brook Nelson, Taylor Davidson, Micah Miller and Paige Vasel as the widows.

In addition to Ms. Roark, the all-female production team includes Stage Manager and Props Mistress Katherine Rausch, Costume Designer Brook Nelson, Lighting Designer Cassandra Scott and Sound Designer Gem Taylor.

“Working with an all-female cast and design team on this hilarious play is a profoundly special experience for all of us,” director Kate Roark said about the production.  “The actors are riotously funny and heartwarming. We promise an evening of laughter, love, and lesbians – you don’t want to miss this!”

In addition to Sandy Staggs, founder of Proud Mary Theatre, the exhibiting members will be jewelry maker Ashley Gilreath, photographer Chuck Reback, visual artist Elizabeth Bagwell, photographer John Lever, potter Rachel Child, photographer Tom Lorimore, encaustic artist Barbie Workman, and multimedia producer Yusif, who is also known as Dennis Evans.

“We are kicking off the New Year with the rising stars of art in Upstate South Carolina,” WMAC Chair Beth Regula said. “These are some of our newest members, and their work is representative of a newer generation that is growing on the foundation set by artists before them. The quality, talent, creativity, and professionalism are all evident in the work that they produce. Not only do we have artists creating art that you can hold in your hand, but we have performing artists who entertain and make you think. Much of this art has deeper meanings and social comment. 2018 will be a great year for them, for WMAC, and for the arts in the Upstate. Come see this body of work and see what the future will bring. This is the power of cooperation at work.”

West Main Artists Co-op is a nonprofit and all-volunteer arts agency located at 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg. It has three galleries, two retail shops, and studio space for about 50 artists. It is a grassroots arts agency that welcomes everyone, and it has a philosophical slant toward “Art by the people, for the people.” For more information, visit online or call (864) 804 – 6501.

All of the work is also on view  Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

“5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” 

What: “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche” by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
When: Feb. 1-11, 2018
Converse College Laird Theatre, 580 E. Main St. in Spartanburg
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 4. at 8 p.m. Admission: $10 general / $5 students


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