By Byrne Harrison
Photo by Alison Carroll
Name: Markus Paminger
Show: The Shorebound Swim with a One-Click Kick: A Tragedy of Reason
I joined the my high school theatre club because I had a crush on a girl. I tried to impress her during the public auditions, before you know it I had one of the leads. She quit the week after.
Tell me a little bit about your show.
It's a crazy tragedy involving an old hermit scientist grappling with his existential crisis. Even though he can figure out and work through all these incredibly difficult problems, he never could properly quantify his basic human experiences. He gets caught up in a completely lopsided love-square with his gardener care-taker, her 15 year old lover and his ex-love turned hooker. It's all very skewed and action packed with philosophical undertones and archetypes.
What inspired you to write it?
I started reading a lot of plays that a producer friend sent me about 2 years ago, just to get my opinion on some of them, and it struck me as how unimportant they all seemed. They were just rather melodramatic stories and didn't deal with any larger issues that I found interesting. I remember putting one down and having this realization that I could probably do better. So I decided to go to the bar, had a bunch of drinks, and started writing down these crazy ramblings, which eventually made it's way into the main character's monologues. Then I would try to write some opposing points of view, which became the other characters. The plot then started to develop by itself. I am happy with the result that portrays a lot of the blurred lines of thinking that I think properly reflect life's complications.
Who are your collaborators and how long have you been working with them?
I am happy to continue working with the Lucky Artists after acting for them several times. Lucky Artist members Terra Vetter and Grace Rouhani are both producing, Alison Carroll is directing, and one of our previous actors Nicko Libowitz is also joining us in the cast this time around.
What's next for you after FRIGID?
That is a great question, and one I wish I had a concrete answer for. I will continue working as a technical director for some other festivals. I might be directing some projects for a new Italian playwright I recently got to know, and I am also working on a new play called Death By Papaya, which is a little more light-hearted and absurd. It might even have a musical number sung by the devil in spandex.
The Shorebound Swim With a One-Click Kick: A Tragedy of Reason
Written by Markus Paminger & Directed by Alison Carroll
Presented by The Lucky Artist Theater Company, Brooklyn, NY
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Wed 2/23 @ 6:30pm, Sat 2/26 @ 8pm, Mon 2/28 @ 9:30pm, Wed 3/2 @ 6:30pm, & Sun 3/6 @ 12:30pm