Erin Markey: New Musical Premieres, Profiled in NYT
January 13, 2016
Erin Markey (BFA2004) is profiled in The New York Times on the occasion of the première of her new musical, A Ride on the Irish Cream, in previews at the Abrons Arts Center from January 13 — 31.
“Irish Cream” is, however, far from your typical Broadway show. The culmination of two and a half years of development, it’s as hard to pin down as she is. She describes it as a memory play about growing up in Michigan, but it is just as much about her current life. Ms. Markey portrays a woman named Reagan who has an intimate relationship with a pontoon boat (which her dad bought when Ms. Markey was 2), played by the performer Becca Blackwell, who has been in a relationship with Ms. Markey for five years.
The musical moves with a dreamlike logic, and, as is the case with all of her work, features jarring shifts in tone and an embrace of paradox. “It’s a show about crazy, deep intimacy, but it’s not only that,” Ms. Markey said. “It’s anti-romance and pro-romance at the same time.”