The Off-Broadway Production of the "The Ladies Quintet" originated in 2001 with the creation of "The Garden Club," for a one act festival hosted by the Onstage Theatre Festival. 

    By the time it opened 4 years later,  at the Lesher Center for the Arts, "The Ladies Quartet" had evolved into "The Ladies Quintet."    

    From the Bay Area, the actresses and I traveled to perform in Los Angeles and Chicago.     The play owes a debt of gratitude to every actress, director and designer who has ever worked on it. 

Special thanks to:


Helen Means                 Sheilah Morrison           Carolyn Kraetsch          Sally Hogarty            Sue Trigg                   Suzanne Voss
Candy Campbell              Julie Helms                     June McCue             Nan DeJarlais           Sonja Christopher    
Katrina Krasser               Pam Kimball    


Helen Means        Don Tamblyn    Edwin Peabody     Roberta Tibbetts      Dorothea Rastegar   Scott Marden

Designers & Technicians

Diane McRice             Wayne McRice           Randall Nott      Brian Sholley        Wendy Barrerra


Karen Leigh        Calvin Landis          John Allred   

        From the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles to Chicago, “The Ladies Quintet” is the definitive “little engine that could,” 

explains playwright Kathryn G. McCarty, describing the upcoming Off-Broadway production of her play “The Ladies Quintet.” Over ten 

years in the making, with several runs in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles and the Raven 

Theatre Complex in Chicago, McCarty and her team of actresses say they are ready to take on the Big Apple.

        “It’s a lifelong dream,” said actress Helen Means, who has been with the show since its inception. “I’m 80 in July,” quipped 

Means. “I told Kathy we better get to New York while I still remember my lines.” Means and the cast are headed for Theatre Row, and 

Off-Broadway theatre on 42nd Street in Manhattan, and she couldn’t be more excited.

         According to McCarty, “The Ladies Quintet,” is “a series of one-act monologues, designed for mature women. “Essentially, they 

are intimate solo performances, performed by actresses who have been performing in Bay Area Theatre for a total of 187 years.”  

        “We’re not broads you can hold down,” adds Means. Means stars in “The Star Polisher,” about a woman who is celebrating

 her 25th Anniversary cleaning Joanne Woodward’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

           “The Bay Area has been good to me,” says McCarty, who grew up in Southern Illinois. “Developing new plays is a passion in 

the Bay Area, and I’m thankful for having the chance to live and work in such a rich community.” McCarty’s work is incredibly diverse, 

but she explained she strives to write comedies that “have a social impact.” She said that from her Rosie the Riveter based musical, 

“Rivets” to “Defining Form” (Alzheimers) to “Maids and Matrons,” (Gay Marriage) to “The Fitting Room” (truth and the perfect pair of 

jeans), her work tackles “a variety of subjects that we need to talk about.”

        “The Ladies Quintet,” McCarty says, has evolved over the last decade. “These plays are about renewal – about making 

good choices at any age. Everyone sees themselves in it, it transcends age and gender.”

        Actress Sheilah Morrison, a Brooklyn native, has also been performing with “The Ladies Quintet” since its debut and is “thrilled to be 

performing in NY.” 

        “I’ve lived in New York, Miami, Chicago and now California,” said Morrison, “and I come from a family that celebrates both 

Christmas and Hanukah, and I love exploring all cultures and communities, meeting people. There is so much to be learned from 

every aspect of life.”  

          “The monologues stand alone as one acts; together they create a beautiful picture of a variety of perspectives on a well-lived     

 life,”  said Morrison, who plays a widow preparing to go out on a date that might eventually lead to sex.  She explains the 

play’s subject  matters are relevant to people of all ages. 

        “Let’s face it, dating is no easier at 20 than at 75 - except you know you’ll get through it alive.”  

        Morrison will be joined in Manhattan by Sally Hogarty (who has performed in several incarnations of the show), Katrina Krasser 

(Vancouver, Canada) and Pam Kimball (Benton, Illinois).  

      “The characters are written with an amazing amount of humor intertwined with lessons that are not always easy to learn,” said 

Hogarty, explained that she enjoys the subject matter range in “Quintet,” though performing a 20 minute monologue can be “rather 


       “The other actresses and myself, we’ve all experienced many joys and hardships in this life,” said Hogarty, “and we are all prime 

examples of what stubbornness and faith can do to keep us going, moving forward with our lives and goals, at any age.”

      “And that sure as hell beats out the alternative,” added Means.

High Resolution Photos Available by contacting                Photo Credit:  Jennifer Brown Peabody
Productions from 2005 to 2015