Erin Markey and Emily Bate continue to explore their onstage vocal chemistry and offstage twenty-four-hour-a-day buddy comedy performance project in a night of duets. Inspired by listening to Barbra Streisand's album Duets on long drives to their shared homeland of Michigan and aspirationally training to become the red-blooded sopranos they never accepted they always wanted to be, Bate and Markey imprint the weird romance of their 15 year long friendship onto the hetero-camp tradition of the duet. Some of the angels guiding their way include Kid Rock, humiliating sex, Linda Ronstadt, their obsessions with their parents, Whitney Houston and their own songwriting selves. They are joined onstage by pianist Ian Axness and drummer Mike Marcinowski.
Erin Markey is a New York based artist who makes live performance, video, comedy and music. She was named a "magnetic diva" by the New York Times and a Time Out New York Top Ten Cabaret Performer 2013-2015. Her work has been shown at BAM, Under The Radar Festival (Public Theater), New Museum, PS 122, Bard Spiegeltent, New York Comedy Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and regularly at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. She is the recipient of a 2014 Franklin Furnace Grant and a 2012 NYFA Cutting Edge Artist Award. She won an Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance in 2013. Her most recent work, A Ride On The Irish Cream, co-composed with Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman premiered at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016 and will tour Winter 2017. She was an artist in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is a company member of Obie Award Winning Half Straddle and recently performed in and co-composed music for Ghost Rings.
Emily Bate is a singer, composer and harmony fanatic based in Philadelphia. Her current projects include Going Down Mount Moriah, a theater piece based around an 8-voice women's choir; a series of "zingles" (zine + single) combining writing and music; and acoustic chamber-math duo Jonagold. She music directed and starred in the 2016 world premiere of A Ride On The Irish Cream, and co-composed the music with Erin Markey and Kenny Mellman.