Drama Club

THEATER: Lesbian Drama Emerges At The New York Fringe Festival

We recently highlighted the gay goodies awaiting theatergoers at New York International Fringe Festival , one of the biggest theater fests in the world. Now we’re giving a shout out to the girls. Here’s a peek at some of the Sapphic dramas hitting the boards at Fringe NYC August 10 to 28.


June and Nancy

This story, about a 1950s housewife falling in love with another woman, sounds a little like  Far From Heaven. But in this drama, the choice between passion and family responsibility is even tougher. Expect lots of sexual tension and repressed feelings bubbling to the surface.

August 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 at The Kraine Theater

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Mid-century lesbians are all the rage at this year’s Fringe. Set in 1956, Quiche centers on five women from the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein (wink, wink). As they host their annual breakfast, the lady-loving lasses discuss the politics of the day, including the threat of Communists taking over their perfect little town. Anti-Red lesbians scarfing quiche in small-town America? We’ll take a slice!

August 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 at The Living Theatre

Fortunate Daughter

Solo artist Thao P. Nguyen explores the obligations foisted upon her by her various “families”: Her traditional parents and relatives want her find a nice man to marry. And her gay friends and coworkers want her to come out to her folks. What’s a gal-loving, Vietnamese performance artist to do? Talk about it in a one-woman show in the Fringe, of course!

August 11, 12, 19, 21, 24, 25 at The White Box at 440 Studios

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  • Alexa

    Thank you, very helpful.

  • Drew

    Drama and dykes go hand in hand like peanutbutter and jelly!

  • Kate

    Also check out The Reluctant Lesbian in the Fringe:

    Set in the early 1960s, The Reluctant Lesbian follows Sophia, a young African-American woman, to London after the death of her parents. Seeking out companionship and spurning her American fiancé, Sophia befriends Lady Graves, a sophisticated American woman married to an influential Member of Parliament. As their friendship deepens and becomes more complicated, Sophia must decide where her future lies and with whom. Inspired by the writings of Doris Lessing and Elaine Dundy, The Reluctant Lesbian explores gender, race and sexuality on the brink of the patriarchal establishment’s decline.

    At the Cherry Lane Studio: August 10, 15, 17, 18 and 19.

  • Liz

    Also add to your list HADRIAN’S WALL at FringeNYC…

    If you dig for a living, you’re bound to have some buried secrets.

    Ramona is the brilliant archaeologist everyone has their eye on– or at least, she was, before she was accused of looting from a site over a decade ago. Now her biggest concerns are finishing the Sunday crossword and her growing collection of dusty library books.

    David is the lawyer, friend, and once jealous boyfriend who somehow manages to keep up with her. He considers it his job to keep his rather uncooperative client out of jail and bring her Chinese takeout.

    Amy is the young PhD candidate who arrives just wanting to meet this local legend, but winds up just wanting to be close to her. Her passion reminds Ramona what it’s like to want something – and someone.

    Chuck is a baby triceratops.

    In one Greenwich Village apartment, they find love, betrayal, ancient mysteries, and secrets – big ones. Will Ramona’s ties to the past keep her living in it?

    Two girls, a guy, and a dinosaur.

    At the Connelly Theater (Venue #2) August 10, 11, 13, 16 and 19.

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