Friday, October 9, 2020
6:30 – 7:45pm PT
The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk
Written by Kieran Carroll || Edithvale, Melbourne, Australia
Performed by Zach Wegner || New York, New York, USA
Directed by Stephen Cedars
The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk is an episodic monologue about the peripatetic and hedonistic life of a poet who moves from great triumphs to dismal failures. It is both comedy and tragedy. Utilizing a combination of ornate and prosaic language, Damon Dukirk speaks of the successes, the poor decisions, the romantic dreams and great hopes he has for his literary life. Beginning in the unnamed province of his birth, Damon Dukirk takes an idiosyncratic path through central Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Sydney and into the Pacific Ocean. Dukirk moves blindly and quickly from an anachronism, to a cult figure, to the great dreamer of world poetry. Along the way, other characters help and infuriate: Frankie from Frankfurt, his financial benefactor, a gothic singer-songwriter popular in Portugal, a girlfriend who is now a major literary success and a sadistic arts bureaucrat. This one-man play is a work about idealism and a lack of practicality, of hedonism and romanticism, of long nights out and the joy of creating new writing.
About the Artist
Kieran Carroll (Playwright) is an award-winning Australian playwright who writes dramas, biographical works and comedies. He has had twenty-five plays produced in Australia, America and England and has received writing residencies around the world including the prestigious Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. Recent productions include the highly successful Sons of Sun (Sydney Opera House, 2014 – 2018) and In The Mens (La Mama Courthouse, Melbourne, 2017) In 2015, he was a commissioned playwright at Monash University, Frankston. The commission produced The Truth is Longer Than a Lie, a research play adaptation about domestic child abuse from the non-fiction book of the same name by Dr Neerosh Mudaly. The play was published in November 2015 by Black Pepper Press. In 2020, his biographical, one man show starring Damian Callinan NEWK (The John Newcombe Story) will be touring regional Australia after sold out shows at the Glen Street Theatre, Sydney, in February 2020.
Zach Wegner (Actor) recently appeared WORSE THAN TIGERS and RAW PASTA at The New Ohio directed by Jaclyn Biskup, THE GLASS MENAGERIE with The Hypocrites in Chicago and Joe Orton’s LOOTat The Westport Country Playhouse. New York: GOD STEELING (Theater 54), HOT STEAMS directed by Jaclyn Biskup (45 Bleecker & NY Fringe), ORGANIC SHRAPNEL (Theater 54) THE OTHER DAY (The Robert Moss), THE DEEP THROAT SEX SCANDAL(45 Bleecker), RICH BOYFRIEND (The New Group), Harold Pinter’s A SLIGHT ACHEand THE LOVER (Cellar Door). Regional: THE OTHER DAY (Pilsen), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Bristol Riverside), NEVER THE SINNER (TheatreWorks). Television: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” A graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The British American Drama Academy and is often found at HB Studio.
As delineated by the performer
Age recommendation: 16+
Trigger Warnings: No
Run time: 30