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Salad of the Bad Café (1998, 2000) Photo/Foto: Split Britches
  • Title: Salad of the Bad Café
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:27:25
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1998; 2000
  • Location: Drill Hall, London on Nov 4, 1998; Boston, Massachusetts, on Apr. 7, 2000.
  • Type-Format: performance, cabaret
  • Cast: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Stacy Makishi.
  • Credits: Split Britches, producer ; Lois Weaver, director, writer ; Peggy Shaw, Stacy Makishi, writers.

Salad of the Bad Café (1998, 2000)

"Salad of the Bad Café" is a postmodern cabaret written and performed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw of Split Britches and Asian American performance artist Stacy Makishi. Inspired by Carson McCullers' story "The Ballad of the Sad Café" and the lives of Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima, it is a treatise on love in a post-claustrophobic era. The play begins in 1945, in the summer that lay between the war and the postwar period when Japan was weeping, the American South was seething and the word "gender" was mostly used in grammar class. The setting is a café where people come to spend a few hours so that the "deep bitter knowing that their life is not worth much can be laid to rest." Racial, gender and regional stereotypes come together to tell a story of unrequited love, in an attempt to demystify the Queer, disorient the Orient and demythify the Southern Gothic and the American Grotesque. This is one of the first iterations of the piece, performed as a work-in-progress in London in 1998.