2 ROSSES is ten seasons of Friends meets Taskmaster meets ESPN, as only the clowns of WeAreMarried can deliver. Using a decade’s worth of elaborate Ross Geller choreography and text as our guide, we invite you into an uncanny valley that is part replica piece, part game show, and part live athletic event. Settle in for an unsettlingly familiar fever dream of masculinity, nostalgia, internalized homophobia, and self-help culture that invites us to face our own Ross-ian fears: needles, lesbian exes, and, above all, ourselves.
Featuring Jay Eisenberg, Shelby Richardson, Chelsie Newhard & Ely Kreimendahl
Ross Design by Bee Begley
Sound Design by Ben Gullard
WeAreMarried LLC (WAM) is the multimedia performance collaboration of transgender actors and longtime friends Jay Eisenberg (he/him/his) and Shelby Richardson (they/them/theirs). WAM creates and produces dynamic, original shows & events, while always remaining committed to paying trans and queer artists thriving wages. Your fun & pleasure is non-negotiable. Remember: we are here to make your life more bearable.
WAM is built on relationships. We formally launched WAM in 2021 as a public investment in our friendship, an experiment in challenging existing models of theatre-making, and a commitment to making compelling, site-responsive art that pays artists a minimum of $35/hr. WAM is here to contribute to a healthy, vibrant, artist economy where artist-laborers can count on us for work that sustains, stimulates, and satisfies.
WAM values financial transparency, artistic innovation, and long term partnership with our guest artists (both inside and outside of their work with WAM). Our unique business model draws inspiration from unions, amusement parks, production houses, multi-platform media companies, creative agencies, and lessons from 15+ years of experience working as professional actors in mainstream theater in New York and the Twin Cities.
Past work includes HOUSEFUCKER (Spring 2022), BIGGAME (Fall 2022), INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATOR (Spring 2023), and our beloved speed-meeting game show FAST GAY DATING (recurring). Each time WAM creates and premieres a new performance, it enters the next phase of its creative life and is added to our WAM-For-Hire menu, which allows individuals and organizations to book a private showing of any of our existing shows and events. WAM-For-Hire provides ongoing sustainable work for the artists involved in the creation of each of our original shows and events; disrupts the standard “season-based” theatre model, and helps our art-making remain both passionate and profitable.
Our next original clown show, RICH DOGS, will premiere in September 2023 in partnership with the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.
To learn more, visit www.wearemarried.org, and follow us on Instagram at @jayoweneisenberg
Chelsie Neward is a theatre maker, musician, and horticulturist based in Minneapolis. They currently split time between creating shows with WeAreMarried and observing how plants grow. Both process-focused endeavors are consistently fascinating and unpredictable. Minneapolis Credits include work with Frank Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Walking Shadow, and more. BFA: Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota. Last seen: WAM’s smash outdoor hit BIGGAME. Next up: WAM’s RICH DOGS at the Jungle Theatre, Fall 2023.
Ely Kreimendahl is a Brooklyn-based queer writer, comedian, and host of Shame Spiral Podcast (@podshamespiral.) Ely has been featured on Funny Or Die, is a contributor for Romper, Humor Darling, and Cracked, and performs stand up in NYC & beyond. Ely was a 2022 Lambda Literary Screenwriting Fellow, and a 2021 Resident Comedy Artist at Ars Nova. Ely is also part of the founding team of New Roots (@newrootsartists,) an LGBTQIA+ artist residency for comics and writers in Upstate NY. Ely regularly posts original stories, sketches and jokes on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @elykreimendahl, with content around mental health, parenting, queerness, sobriety, and existential angst, and goes viral more often than is good for her, to be honest. Management: @zerogravitymanagement
Bee Begley is an engineer of exquisite and stupid visions; a crafter cum mad scientist; an obsessive interpreter-scholar of Muppet Camp. Recent work includes costume and puppet design for their own series of Creature Drag pieces, pre-pandemic costumes for Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin’s High School Coven, Ambition; the American Female Serial Killer Musical (AntFest 2016), and others, and a decade of producing, curation and peer dramaturgy for Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary queer art incubator Undiscovered Countries. Her graphic novel Half Lives, created in collaboration with James Brooks Robinson and Shakhed Hadaya with accompanying original album by Gandor Chorale, came out in June of 2022 and is available for order at https://bit.ly/Order_HalfLives
Ben Gullard (he/him) is an artist and creative technologist living in Brooklyn NY. His production credits include work with David Korins, Tom Sachs, Dan Safer + Witness Relocation, Rachel Chavkin + The TEAM, Theater Mitu, NYSAF, and prop fabrication at The Public. At his day job, he designs exhibits for children’s science museums.