The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk is an eight part, poetic-comic monologue written by Kieran Carroll and performed by Brooklyn based actor, Zach Wegner. The work now has on board New York based director and playwright, Stephen Cedars.
The script is now going into further development with Wegner and Cedars building towards a debut American season in 2020.
The opening parts of ‘Dukirk’ were performed in New York festivals in 2016 and 2017. In Australia, the Dukirk monologues have appeared at The Tap Gallery (Sydney), La Mama (Melbourne), the La Mama Courthouse (Melbourne) and Long Play (Melbourne).
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Please see below for a synopsis about the play.
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, to name a few locations. 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, Cavendish Moulash, a gothic singer-songwriter who is popular in Portugal, a girlfriend who is now a major literary success and a sadistic arts bureaucrat determined to make him suffer for his art.
The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk is a work about idealism and a lack of practicality, of hedonism and romanticism, of long nights out and the joy and creating new writing. It relishes language and anecdote. The writing attempts both a spirited high energy and a self-absorbed, comic melancholy. The play is also a rites-of-passage story, but with Dukirk growing up much later than many others!