When she first read 5 Les­bians Eat­ing a Quiche, Lau­ren Jack­son saw the comedic po­ten­tial of five strong fe­male leads on stage

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - BELINDA SEENEY

Lau­ren Jack­son was in Stratford-upon-Avon, Eng­land, train­ing with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany when the script for 5 Les­bians Eat­ing a Quiche lobbed into her in­box.

Patchy Wi-Fi and a de­mand­ing mas­ter­class meant it sat, un­read, for al­most a week.

“When I fi­nally got to read it, I was just crack­ing up,” Lau­ren says.

She au­di­tioned for the part of Vern Schultz – “a very strong char­ac­ter, very dry, and doesn’t suf­fer fools” – dur­ing a visit home last Novem­ber, and was cast on the spot.

The play takes au­di­ences be­hind the scenes of the Su­san B. An­thony So­ci­ety for the Sis­ters of Gertrude Stein, which is host­ing its an­nual quiche break­fast, with mem­bers of the lo­cal church, the au­di­ence, in ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

In 1956, when the work is set, a play with the word les­bians in the ti­tle would have been lit­tle heard of. But the pop­u­lar­ity of the hu­mor­ous pro­duc­tion, which de­buted in Chicago in 2011, shows how much times have changed.

5 Les­bians Eat­ing a Quiche is part of the Gold Coast’s inau­gu­ral Glit­ter Fes­ti­val, a seven-day event that takes over The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast from Mon­day.

The week-long cel­e­bra­tion of arts and cul­ture fea­tures

Pic­ture: Ric Frear­son

Sa­man­tha Turk, Lau­ren Jack­son, Ellen Bai­ley, So­phie Rose and Carher­ine Al­corn.

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