A Ride on the Irish Cream
OBERON Presents, OBERON Shows
February 28 - March 4, 2017
“[Markey is] a hilarious combination of jaded cheerleader and hard-charging, wide-eyed rock god…the show's passionate soul sweeps us into its headlong, crazy gallop."
- TIME OUT, NY


"What drives the piece is Markey’s intimate dream logic and her tender, weird chemistry with Blackwell. Their scenes—existing in the nebulous space between juvenile play and sexual awakening—are punctuated by lovely, harmonious rock songs, which Markey sings with a four-piece band and the occasional chorus line." - The New Yorker



Written and Created by Erin Markey
Music by Erin Markey, Emily Bate, and Kenny Mellman
Lyrics by Erin Markey
Directed by Jordan Fein

A fresh and surprising new musical anchored inside the memory of a Michigan backyard on the bank of the Kawkawlin River, A Ride On The Irish Cream rushes forth from the mind of celebrated cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey (GLOWBERON’s: There’s A New Emergency Contact in Town).

A live band and swath of carpet become the space for the thrills and terrors of a relationship between a vainglorious self-made girl and her family’s pontoon boat/horse, played by Becca Blackwell (I.D. Festival's They, Themself, and Schmerm). They are in love, but when their relationship is tested by dust ruffles, sex for money, severe T-storms, and a secret cellar, the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget.

A Ride on the Irish Cream Trailer: 

Erin Markey: A Ride on the Irish Cream

OUR HIT PARADE -Erin Markey - Grenade

Creative Team & Cast

Performed by Becca Blackwell, Erin Markey, Ian Axness, Chenda Cope, Mike Marcinowski and Emily Bate

 

Music Direction and Vocal Arrangements by Emily Bate

Choreography by Chloe Kernaghan

Scenic Design by Adam Rigg

Lighting Design by Barbara Samuels

Costume Design by Enver Chakartash

Stage Management by Bridget Balodis

 

Produced by Erin Markey and Jordan Fein

Tour Produced by Caleb Hammons

 

Erin Markey received generous support from NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, for the development of A Ride On The Irish Cream. This work was created, in part, through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Jerome Foundation; by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional residency support was provided by a Mount Tremper Arts and Baryshnikov Arts Center. A Ride On The Irish Cream was originally presented at the Abrons Art Center / American Realness Festival 2016.

There is something exquisitely beautiful about a conventionally attractive woman being unconventionally, relentlessly, fearlessly strange in society’s general direction into perpetuity. More

A Ride on the Irish Cream has a manic absurdist bent but, like most satisfying plays, no matter how seemingly ridiculous, it is grounded in reality. More

The script and choreography embodied the textures and lyricism of the music. More

The musical, featuring a first-rate band led by Emily Bate, belongs to Erin Markey: her hair is chic as well, a beauty queen’s half up cascading curls.  More

If physical rigor is the measure of mettle in a relationship, then actor/performance artists Becca Blackwell and Erin Markey have put themselves through the paces. More

Ms. Markey has developed a cult following as an alt-cabaret star with swaggering confidence and off-kilter sense of humor. Her shows are rooted in her life, often mixing jokes and songs with stories about her childhood and her relationship with her Midwestern family. More

“It acknowledges the murky space of how I understand gender,” Markey says. “It dismisses a binary, because a pontoon boat is not the opposite of a horse, and a girl is not the opposite of a boy. Being both is just being both—or all of it.” More

Press Releases

OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue, presents A Ride on the Irish Cream, written and created by Erin Markey and directed by Jordan Fein. Performances begin on Tuesday, February 28 and run through Saturday, March 4 at OBERON, 2 Arrow St, Cambridge.

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Ticket prices

A.R.T. Subscribers, Members, and Student Members: Log into your account for discounts. Tickets from $15

Run time

90 minutes

Venue

OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

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