Welcome to the Susan B. Anthony Society of the Sisters of Gertrude Stein

Julianna Boulter Blake-VERONICA “VERN” SCHULTZ

Julianna Boulter Blake is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew, Julianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Utah Valley University and has a love for singing, playing the piano, and composing. While music may be her first love, theatre also holds a special place in her heart. She has enjoyed acting for many years, and is heavily involved with The Echo Theatre in Provo–a venue she founded with her husband. Some of her recent acting roles include Susannah Cibber in Joyful Noise and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. When Julianna is not working on creative endeavors, she goes to her awesome day job at Property Solutions. Julianna is also blessed with wonderful friends and family, and she’d like to thank them for their support. She would especially like to thank her husband Jeff for encouraging her to continue to develop her talents.

Mandi Titcomb-GINNY CADBURY

Mandi Titcomb is a recent graduate of Westminster College with her BFA in Theatre Arts. She was last seen in the chorus of Salt Lake Greek Festival’s Hecuba. Some of her favorite roles include Signora Nacarelli (The Light in the Piazza), Emily Brent (And Then There Were None), Carmen Bernstein (Curtains), Poppy (Noises Off!), Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Theo (The Ride Down Mount Morgan), Henry (Henry V), and as Creator/Actor of Westminster’s verbatim theatre show, Speaking Your Piece: A Mosaic of Survival.

Michelle Linn Hall- WREN ROBIN

Michelle Linn Hall (Wren Robin) is thrilled to be working with Silver Summit Theatre for the first time. Theatre teacher by day and actress by night, Michelle has graced the stages of Utah for more than twenty years. Some of her favorite roles include ‘Jean’ in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, ‘Linda Swan’ in Cash on Delivery, ‘Crystal’ in Ghost of a Chance, and ‘Edna Louise’ in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She is thrilled to be part of such an extraordinary production. Much thanks to the cast and crew, and to her endlessly supportive family.

Karli Rose Lowry- DALE PRIST

Karli is so happy to have her quiche on display along with all of these talented lesbians. She is a Salt Lake City native and studied musical theatre at the University of Utah, under the direction of Denny Berry. Some of her favorite roles include: Woman (35 MM/Good Company Theatre), Squeaky Fromme (Assassins/Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Maureen (Rent/Utah Rep), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd/U of U), Crissy (Hair/U of U) and Mazeppa (Gypsy/Dark Horse Theatre Co.). Karli would like to shout out to her main squeezes and her family that have supported her creative endeavors (#1). “The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.” – Emma Goldman

Julie Silvestro Waite- LULIE STANWYCK

Julie has a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University, and has worked as a director, music director, pit conductor, and performer for many theaters in Utah and in the DC area, where she is from. Favorite roles include Reno Sweeney, Dolly Levi, Aunt Abby, The Witch, Trix, Mrs. Gibbs, Rose, Hodel, Mrs. Baskin, Meg Boyd, Margery Pinchwife, and Cinderella. Can you name the shows?

Director’s Notes from Dave Hanson:

A great title is one that makes you immediately pass over twenty others with a newfound need to see what that short collection of words really has to offer. Regardless of anything else, you’re anxious to see who these lesbians are, and what that has to do with a tasty breakfast dish. You crack open the pages with a wide range of unrealized expectations to find that, unlike other great titles that have fooled you in the past, the content of this new treat is full and rich. The warm and delicious dialogue is equal to the golden title that makes up its crust. All of the ingredients are balanced with just the right complimentary flavors of humor, emotion and poignancy….OK, enough with the bad metaphor. It’s just making me hungry.

The story of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, though told through somewhat absurdist-colored glasses, is one of repeated social meaning. Our own story as a society has overflowed with those who, at times, lacked a fully recognized identity. Issues of discrimination in the name of race, religion, gender, class, sexual orientation, politics, or anything that engenders a poisonous “Us vs. Them” mentality, rest as blemishes in our societal makeup. But, even though they are blemishes, it’s worth looking back and seeing them as examples of human resilience and lessons to shape our current story. We fought through (and continue to fight with) racism, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and many other unnecessary differences. These ladies, wrapped in a post WWII era that sought to once again reduce their importance once the men came home from war, show us the fight to find their identity in a society that wants to limit it. In some respects, it’s the injustices of the past, and our victories in challenging them, that allow us to look back and remember that the fight is always worth fighting, and we should all be afforded a full and meaningful identity. In some small part, our five lesbians allow us a moment to do just that.

But let’s not forget that tonight is also about humor, innuendo and the absurd. Relax, and enjoy the company. You may find yourself laughing, crying and feeling the comradery. Embrace it. After all, you are the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. You are just as much a part of our story as anything else. Tonight we are all one. Tonight we stand together for justice and hilarity. Tonight, you may just find that there’s a lesbian inside each and every one of you!

There’s really not a good way to say that, is there? Welcome to the 1956 Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein Quiche Breakfast!