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A new play at the Bushwick Starr by one of New York's most daring artists and fearless performers
A new play at the Bushwick Starr by one of New York's most daring artists and fearless performers
142 backers pledged $8,460 to help bring this project to life.

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The Show

In Singlet, Erin Markey draws on their longstanding friendship and working relationship with actor Emily Davis to create a performance that maps the bonds and hysteria of earned intimacy. This world premiere production combines Erin’s singular style with a host of influences—spanning Jean Genet’s The Maids, celebrity psychotherapist Esther Perel’s couples counseling sessions, Notes on a Scandal, John Waters’ Female Trouble, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet, and Precious Moments® Collectible Dolls. By turns tenacious and tender, Singlet reimagines the economies of power between friends, families, and wrestlers.

“Markey’s gift for anarchy is one of the great clarifying forces we’ve got: Her comic wildness and her voice blast through you like a storm blowing backward.” - Time Out New York

Emily Davis and Erin Markey, photo by Sandy Honig
Emily Davis and Erin Markey, photo by Sandy Honig

I’m David Bruin, the founding artistic director of un sphinx incompris, a New York-based company dedicated to radical artistry in theater and performance, and I’m extremely proud to be a part of the team that is producing Singlet, written and created by Erin Markey and directed by Jordan Fein. The show will run from May 16 - June 3 at the Bushwick Starr.

For many years, I have watched Erin Markey’s work with sheer awe. Even the diversity of the venues in which I’ve seen them perform—downtown theaters, Bushwick lofts, Midtown houses with over 2,000 people, the back of a gay bar, and Joe’s Pub—is no match for their versatility and range as a performer, writer, composer, and more. I hope many of you caught their most recent work, which includes the acclaimed pop-monologue Boner Killer and the mythopoeic musical A Ride on the Irish Cream.

A Ride on the Irish Cream, photo by Maria Baranova
A Ride on the Irish Cream, photo by Maria Baranova

“Erin Markey has laser-beam eyes, a hair-raising singing voice, and an intense, almost predatory sexuality. Markey’s uncanny self-possession goes hand in hand with perverse, non-sequitur humor that keeps her audience laughing, if unsettled." - The New Yorker

Singlet both builds on Erin’s extraordinary body of work and ventures into new territory. It’s a new play, but the form is more of a prompt than a playbook. With comedic savvy and no small amount of moxie, Singlet subverts the trappings of narrative and theatrical convention, making space for new stories and ways of watching.

But that’s the only the view from my vantage point. No doubt, other people will see Singlet differently, and each person’s encounter with it will be personal. It’s just one reason why the show needs to be experienced live with the performers and audience members sharing the same space that Jordan Fein and designers have so exquisitely shaped. Even in rehearsal, Singlet fills the room with an intoxicating atmosphere, and I invite every person reading this to be a part of it. It’s unforgettable and it’s only getting started.

Photo by Sandy Honig
Photo by Sandy Honig

 The Team

In order to achieve the ambitious vision for the production, we have assembled a fabulous team of highly capable and generous collaborators:

  • Erin Markey: Writer and performer (Boner Killer, A Ride on the Irish Cream, Assassins at Encores!, multiple shows with Half Straddle, artist-in-residence at Joe's Pub)
  • Jordan Fein: Director (A Ride on the Irish Cream, War Lesbian)
  • Emily Davis: Performer (Of Government, O, Earth, With Half Straddle: Ancient Lives, Seagull (Thinking of You), and more)
  • Carolyn Mraz: Set Design (I'll Get You Back Again, Thomas Paine in Violence, I'll Never Love Again)
  • Enver Chakartash with Carter Kidd: Costume Design (Boner Killer, A Ride on the Irish Cream, With the Wooster Group: A Pink Chair, The B-Side, and more)
  • Barbara Samuels: Lighting Design (Dance Nation, O, Earth, A Ride on the Irish Cream)
  • Jeff Aaron Bryant with Sadah Espii Proctor: Sound Design (Boner Killer, Male Continence, TL;DR)
  • Chloe Kernaghan Choreographer
  • Ann Marie Dorr: Production Management (Numerous shows with The Bushwick Starr and Target Margin, among others)
  • Kedian Keohan: Stage Management (Church of the Millennials, After)
  • un sphinx incompris (David Bruin, Artistic Director; Tessa Lee, Assistant Producer): Producer (Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 by Jeremey O. Harris)

Your Role

Singlet has been in development over the past year, and now we need your help to push it across the finish line! So far, we have raised more than two-thirds of the money needed to pay our artists and provide them the resources they need to do their best work. Now, we are reaching out to communities of fellow artists, audiences, colleagues, friends, and longtime supporters to ensure that the resources of the production match the expansive imagination and tireless industry of our team. Your gift will help us: 

  • Pay our artists for their time and talent 
  • Purchase, rent, and source special lighting equipment that will make the show look unlike anything you usually see in a theater 
  • Execute a top-secret set design that eludes corners, shadows, and other naturally occurring architectural phenomena 
  • Custom build costumes complete with hair and make-up, aka lewks (sponsor one!) 
  • Purchase consumables, i.e. food and drinks, that are devoured in the production to spectacular effect

Thank You Thank You Thank You 

For giving us your time 

For believing in our work 

And for opening up your hearts...and discretionary income 

We appreciate your time 

We are grateful for your vital support at all levels 

We hope you join us at the Starr! 

Risks and challenges

Make no mistake, SINGLET will happen. You do not want to miss it.

Furthermore, everyone will get paid, and rehearsals are well underway. We have prioritized people and process with the money we have raised thus far.

What’s at stake in this campaign is how fully we are able to realize the vision for the production. I’m sure many of you reading this have begged, borrowed, and stolen your way to make a show happen. I know I have. I also know that collaborators, designers in particular, often run the risk of being short-changed in those situations. Your support ensures that every person working on SINGLET has the time and resources they need to fully contribute to the creation of this world premiere production, and that's more rewarding for everyone, including you, the audience!

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    DON'T BE SCARED OF SUCCESS

    Be a part of the team! We will never forget the vital role you played in bringing this show to life.

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    WE'RE DOING IT LIVE

    Thanks to your support, we'll be making a new play! But in the meantime you can enjoy some Erin Markey deep cuts, slow jams, and midnight confessions.

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    WHERE'D WE GET THAT DRESS? YOU!

    Sponsor a look! Help pay for one of the show's stunning costumes, designed by Enver Chakartash with Carter Kidd. We’ll send you a signed, one-of-a-kind Polaroid of it.

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    YOU CAN KEEP THE SOUVENIRS

    Help us build our set in the Starr and we'll bring some of the magic of Erin Markey into your home with a beautifully illustrated poster from RAINBOW CAVERNS: GREATEST HITS OF ALL TIME INCLUDING THE FUTURE designed by artist Sam Schanwald.

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    CO-TEACHERS FOR A SEMESTER

    Help us reach our audience, and we'll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about SINGLET, plus a few additional tokens of appreciation.

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    • A backstage tour of SINGLET complete with a post-show champagne
    • Bound copy of the script with a note from Erin Markey
    • A RAINBOW CAVERNS poster illustrated by artist Sam Schanwald
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    WARM CINDERS FROM THE HOB

    A commitment at this level would warm the cockles of our SINGLET, and we want to show you our deep appreciation by sharing a meal together.

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    • Tickets to the show!
    • Dinner with Erin Markey and director Jordan Fein
    • A RAINBOW CAVERNS poster illustrated by artist Sam Schanwald
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    WE LOVE YOU GRANDMA

    With this tremendous gift, we welcome you as a member of the SINGLET family!

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    • Associate Producer credit
    • Dinner with Erin Markey and director Jordan Fein
    • A RAINBOW CAVERNS poster illustrated by artist Sam Schanwald
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