Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2014-15

(Brooklyn, NY)Erin Markey

Project Description

“A Ride On the Irish Cream” is a musical narrative project. It uses a fully integrated live band and interactive video animation to create a shape-shifting fantasy backyard, a playing space for the thrills and terrors of a relationship between a vainglorious self-made princess (Reagan) and a proud horse/pontoon boat (Irish Cream). They are in love, but when their relationship is tested by hurricanes, psoriasis, masculinity, waterfalls, sex for money, cloudy weather and moms, the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget.


Erin Markey is a writer/singer/performer who makes semi-autobiographical-based comedic live performance and video work with original music. She has shown work at BAM, Under The Radar Festival, New Museum, PS 122, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, San Francisco Film Society, and frequently at Joe's Pub (The Public Theater). As an actress, Markey is a company member of Obie Award winning Half Straddle, has performed with the Young Jean Lee Theater Company (“Untitled Feminist Show”) and won Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in Tennessee Williams’ “Green Eyes.” She is currently an artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange developing a new surrealist musical, “A Ride On The Irish Cream.” She was recently recognized as a top ten artist in Time Out New York’s “Best of Cabaret 2013."