A Short Performance and Discussion of Raymond Kennedy’s ‘Ride a Cockhorse’

Stephen Ruddy, director of Upright Citizens Brigade’s “Gravid Water,” directs a performance of select scenes from Raymond Kennedy’s darkly comic 1991 novel Ride a Cockhorse, recently reprinted by NYRB Classics.

Forty-five-year-old Frances Fitzgibbons has gone from sweet-tempered bank loan officer to insatiable force of nature almost overnight. Suddenly she’s brazenly seducing the high-school drum major, taking over her boss’s office, firing anyone who crosses her, inspiring populist fervor, and publicly announcing plans to crush her local rivals en route to dominating the entire banking industry in the northeast.

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Irish Repertory Theatre
132 West 22nd Street,
New York, NY