IG: I'm a fan of anything that involves chocolate, cookie dough, hazelnuts, and/or peanut butter. However, I can also be lured away by novel flavors like MANGO-CAKE-BATTER-SURPRISE! or Ice cream that’s actually just beets and cottage cheese, but somehow still tastes like a hot-fudge Sunday?
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
IG: I studied Devised theater at this (now defunct) avant-garde performing arts school in the UK called Dartington. It was kinda like Harry Potter but with significantly more hallucinogenic substances. The campus had a haunted garden, an Echo Stone, and an area known as “The Quiddtich Pitch”. Apparently Ravi Shankar and Peter Brook spent time there back in the day. I met international artists who had totally unique ways of working, lost my virginity to a rainbow-haired English witch named Missy, discovered “Ambient: Music For Airports”, started my first play, and smoked my first Spliffs there. It makes me sad that it’s no longer around.
But its spirit lives on.
My friend and #EISE collaborator Siobhan O’Loughlin had a Dartington experience shortly after mine, and now we have a show in the Philippines together with our International Theater Collective.
"Everything Is Everywhere Tell 24 Truths and 12 Lies:
An AustraliAmerican Intelligence War"
COMING SPRING 2015
(David/ Jess VS. Siobhan/ Ira)
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
“I SNEEZE AND HITS COME OUT”
"You fucking broke my sitar, motherfucker!"
“In Every Spiritual tradition, you burn in hell for pretending to be God and not being able to back it up!”
I can keep going if-
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
IG: Is this like to date?
Angela Davis seems like my kinda lady.
She was a communist in the 80s!
I was only a child.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
IG: One of those things someone in your news-feed is gonna
YELL ABOUT IN ALL CAPS-
when you’re just trying to look at puppy videos, Buzzfeed lists, and photos of your college ex’s new baby. Are weed and gay marriage legal yet?
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
IG: I got naked,
save my silver Iggy Pop pants,
in the lighting booth of my high school
during my brother’s middle school graduation assembly choir performance,
and was subsequently impeached as Student Government president
after my parents received a telephone call from the principal
stating that I needed to report to school immediately
(even though it was the first day of summer vacation).
She wasn’t even there.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
IG: My dad and I are trying to design a guitar effects pedal-board together.
Amazingly enough, no one has invented a Pedal-board that folds into a backpack for easy travel. I’m as miffed as you.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
IG: THE CORRECT ANSWER IS ARTS FUNDING
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
IG: Believe it or not, no one interviews me much.
Over the summer I inherited an electric mandolin that belonged to my estranged granddad.
I’m pretty sure it’s haunted, but the ghosts are friendly. I’ve got songs like “Jeremy Crackers” , “Elegant Freefall”, “Warp Drive” and “Lucky Lucretia” that I’m hoping to play real soon.
Plus I’m working on a screenplay about the pitfalls of being a single Grandma dating in your 80s.
And lots of other stuff.
“Oh no I’ve said too much.
I haven’t said enough.”
Ira Gamerman is an Independent AustraliAmerican PodcastPlaywright/Professor/ Screenwriter/ Musician, based in Brooklyn. Ira’s podcast work has been produced by Radiotopia’s THE TRUTH (featured on This American Life) where his episode "Biological Clock" won a 2013 Mark Time Award For "Best Science Fiction Audio Production" and his other episode "Sweets For The Cheat" was a finalist for the 2013 Audio Verse Awards for "Best Short-Form Self-Contained Original Piece of the Year". Both episodes have been downloaded over 40,000 times. Ira co-created, co-produces, and co-hosts DANGEROUSLY UNQUALIFIED: A PODCAST ABOUT LOVE (The original serialized Baltimore-centric podcast from Ira G and America's Favorite Amateur Dating Coach: Ryan Dowler. Engineered/ Independently Distributed by BSDmedia). Internationally, Ira is 1/4th of AustraliAmerican Theater Collective Everything Everywhere (2 Aussies 2 Americans 2 gals 2 dudes 2 goys 2 Jews 2 legit 2 quit) Ira composes original songs with Pronouns and IraLawrences Haunted Mandolin.
Ira’s Theatrical work has been produced by The Kennedy Center, Source Festival, Collaboraction, Australian Broadcast Corporation, and Chicago New Media Summit. In 2006, City Paper voted Ira “Best Playwright Of Baltimore”and in 2009, he was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for best short play.