Why Eat Rich?
“We were inspired by the trope of the queer/trans character who never survives the film or tv show almost regardless of genre and the real life homicides of trans women that happen at a devastating rate in 2018. Basically, we wanted to bring back the trans woman who dies in a film and actually give her a voice and immortal power.”
– Molly Pease
Our Trans Representation
It is very important for us to make a film that explores the transgender experience in a way that: Is actually told by trans people, the film was created by a trans woman, we have trans people in our crew, and 3 of our 4 actors identify as trans. Discusses important issues…
Who is Eating Rich?
Glad you asked! Let’s start with the creators behind Eat Rich!
Ash Barker | Co-Creator
Ash Barker is a transfemme/nonbinary artist, who creates humorous, sincere music and runs a popular web comic, Fake Gamer Girl Comics. Her album Soft Hits has been listed as one of the “Top 10 albums by a Trans artist of 2017” by GoldFlakePaint. Her music is also featured in several web series around Chicago, including the documentary Been T/here, a transgender documentary series. She’s performed music all over Chicago, striving to bring queer music to places in the Midwest that do not usually have access to it. In 2018, Ash started working on her web comic Fake Gamer Girl Comics, a comic about Trans/Nerd issues which quickly gained a large audience. This comic includes interviews with trans artists and trans history. You can learn more about Ash or read her work at fakegamergirlcomics.com.
Molly Pease | Co-Creator
Molly is a queer southern writer and producer originally from Atlanta, GA. Molly holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Her screenplays have won awards and her plays have had stage readings throughout Chicago. In 2017, her play Stix was produced off off Broadway through the Araca Project. Molly cohosts a podcast called Queer4Queer with her partner and artistic collaborator, Ash Barker.
Evie Riojas (ROSE)
Evie is a translatinx actor based out of Chicago. Evie can be seen in Open TV’s The T where she plays Emerie. She has received praise from Windy City Media and Chicago Theatre Beat for her performance In PUNK as Sonya, a trans woman serving life in a mens prison. Riojas is currently exploring new and unique roles on stage and screen.
Bea Cordelia (EMILY)
Bea is an award winning, Chicago-bred, internationally slandered writer, filmmaker, performer, & activist whose work uplifts & reimagines the narratives of transgender people. Alongside collaborator Daniel Kyri, she created the acclaimed web series “the T,” for which they were named Chicago’s Filmmakers-in-Residence for 2018. Last year her “life-changing” solo show “Chasing Blue” featured in Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut performance series. In 2016 she developed her first multimedia installation “The Cosmic Body” in a University of Chicago Performance Lab residency through Salonathon, was made a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Creative Writing Fellow for her poem “The Future,” and made headlines for her lawsuit against the City of Chicago regarding its sexist & transphobic ordinance forbidding the exposure of breasts in establishments with liquor licenses. She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Luke Meierdiercks (RICH)
Luke is a Vermont native, Plymouth State Alumnus, and Second City Conservatory graduate. He was recently seen in the short films Hinkle Knows Best (The Second City) and Worse (Tribeca Flashpoint). On stage, Meierdiercks recently headlined in the Chicago premiere of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Pride Films & Plays), where he was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor. Meierdiercks can also be seen in bearded drag as Polly Gon. @myerderks @thisispollyg lukemeierdiercks.com.
Rae Hamilton-Vargo (Jai)
Rae is an actor originally hailing from Pittsburgh who came to the midwest for Northwestern and stayed for the vegan milkshakes and the bike trails. Favorite Chicago credits include Wayfoot in SWEEP (Coffee & Whiskey), Jule in One Day at a Time (Chicago Theatre Marathon), and Dori in the short film [this page intentionally left blank] which premiered at the 2017 CineYouth Festival. Look for them onscreen this fall in the upcoming webseries Life of Harold, or onstage in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Invictus Theatre Company).