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 opening parts of the work were performed in New York festivals in 2016 and 2017. The complete eight part work is currently being redrafted for an upcoming American season in 2020.
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, 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.
It’s 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!