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Meet the Playwrights: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

The HWS Theatre Department continues the 2017-18 Frame/Works Series with the talk “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche: The Title That Wouldn’t Die” featuring guest artists Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. The discussion will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 in Williams 200.

Linder and Hobgood are the playwrights of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, winner of Best Overall Production at the 2012 New York Fringe Festival. At Frame/Works, they will discuss the evolution of their play. The talk is free and open to the public and coincides with HWS Theatre’s presentation of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which runs Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Frame/Works attendees are encouraged to see the Feb. 16 production of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. Tickets for the play will be available at the Gearan Center Box Office the week of the show (Monday through Friday, Feb. 12-16, 3 to 5 p.m.).

From its origin as a silly title thrown as a punchline at a late night party to an award-winning short play to a full-length comedy hailed Off-Broadway by The New York Times‘ Ben Brantley for “its raw and magnetic dementia [that] seems destined to attract a cult following,” this Chicago-born phenomenon has been performed all over the U.S., on five continents and has been translated into six languages.

About the Playwrights

Hobgood is the founding co-artistic director of The New Colony in Chicago. His last play, reWILDing Genius, was commissioned by the University of Chicago and had its world premiere at the Steppenwolf Garage Rep. Hobgood’s other work with The New Colony includes writing the new musicals Tupperware: An American Musical Fable, That Sordid Little Story, Rise of The Numberless and Plastic Revolution. His directing credits for The New Colony include Amelia Earhart: Jungle Princess; the original and commercial productions of FRAT; Hearts Full of Blood, which won Outstanding Script at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival; the short film So Many Days; B-Side Studio, produced in collaboration with The Inconvenience and the University of Chicago TAPS program; Orville and Wilbur Did it! and MERGE. He has been seen on The New Colony mainstage performing in Pancake Breakfast, The Bear Suit of Happiness, The Terrible and Kin Folk. In 2010, Newcity Magazine named him one of the “50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago” and in 2013 he and Linder were two of six people on Chicago Magazine’s “Cultural Power List of Theater Scene Stealers.” He is the creator of The New Colony’s method of development called The Process and continues to teach it as part of The New Colony’s education program.

Linder is proud to be the founding co-artistic director of The New Colony in Chicago alongside Hobgood. A playwright, actor, director and educator, Evan is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the recipient of his alma mater’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award. In 2016, Linder reprised the role of Jim in the remount of his play Byhalia, Mississippi (2016 Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work) at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre and became a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. Other plays include FRAT, 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness (published by Chicago Dramaworks) and B-Side Studio (co-writer Ike Holter). His play The Hunted (co-writer Paul Oakley Stovall) was a 2017 O’Neill finalist and received a workshop at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab. His play commissioned by the Goodman, Jo and Liv, was given a staged reading in July 2017 directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. Linder has acted in more than 40 regional productions and has appeared on Chicago PD on NBC-TV. In 2017, he was seen as Stuart in the original production and extended remount of Broken Nose Theatre’s At the Table (Jeff Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Play). Currently, he is playing Doug in the world premiere of The Antelope Party at Theatre Wit. Upcoming projects include Grace at Interrobang Theatre and a supporting role in the film Once Upon a River (dir: Haroula Rose). He is the creator of The New Colony’s Writers’ Room that has now welcomed more than 50 emerging playwrights since its inception. Linder is a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago and is represented by ICM Partners.

 About HWS Theatre’s Frame/Works

 Frame/Works is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. Scholars or artists are invited to present their research on a play, playwright, historical moment, genre or style in a pre-show lecture prior to a performance. Following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in a post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team. Taken together, the pre-show lecture and the post-show talkback, “frame” a “work” of theatrical art. Following the Feb. 16 performance of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, audience members are invited to stay for a post-show talk-back with members of the cast and production team.