Adult language and situations. Recommended for ages 16+.
Hip Hop Musical Darian Dauchan is an award winning solo performer, actor, and poet with an unmatched ability to create a world of distinct characters. In Death Boogie, he combines physical theater, music, video, and poetry to tell the story of an ordinary office worker who dreams of revolution. A hip hop poetry concert musical with live violin and double bass accompaniment. Death Boogie follows the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker who lives a comatose lifestyle by day and at night, hears the poetic sounds of revolution. A political romp with a Pee Wee Herman meets Che Guevara type flare. Through the combination of music and comic book illustrations, Death Boogie is a high energy whimsical examination on the notion of martyrdom, altruism, and courage through the stories of a Greek Titan, a soldier, a prisoner of war, a cheetah, and a child.
"Darian Dauchan throws a seismic jolt into the post-election blues with Death Boogie, a spectacle brimming with the poetry of resistance and the always precarious pulse of freedom. Bravo to the Kitchen Theatre for bringing this much-needed blast of theater our way....The writing is eloquent, the physicality subtle and electric, transitions and resting places for the audience chosen with acumen...This is powerful theater powerfully delivered at a necessary time. Grab it while you can." - Ross Haarstad, Ithaca Times
“a witty and eagle-eyed view of modern life delivered with musical precision and emotional intensity.” ~BBGI Blog
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JENNIFER MCGRATH (Director) is a director, choreographer, stage manager, teacher, and event planner and producer. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts who currently serves as the Stage Manager for American Ballet Theatre while continuing to pursue her passion of directing for the stage. Recent directing credits include Sipiwe Moyo’s “My Friend Nina” at Dixon Place, the world premiere reading of Aissa Martell’s “The History of Pigtails” in the 2015 Poetic License Theater Festival, and Darian Dauchan’s “Voicepower!,” “Obamatry,” and “Death Boogie.” “Voicepower!” toured to under-privileged schools in all five NYC boroughs. “Death Boogie” is the winner of Best New Music and Best Innovation in Musical Theatre at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has also toured to festivals all over the NYC area as well as the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, and to Trondheim and Oslo, Norway where it headlined SPKRBOX - the first ever Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. Other favorite directing credits include “Citizen Girl,” “The Burning Cities Project,” and a tristate area arts education outreach tour of the South African play “Woza Albert!”
In addition to recent work at the United Nations as a Stage Manager for the Hungarian Mission, Pakistan’s Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and the Pope’s Historic Address of the General Assembly, McGrath has worked for Lincoln Center Theater and Blue Man Group. She spent six years touring the world stage managing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has worked with Playwrights Horizons Theater School, La Guardia High School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Present Company, The TEAM, and Real Theaterworks, among others. She has served on the adjudication panels for the New York Fringe Festival and Studio 42's Starving Artist award and volunteered for the Lower East Side Girl's Club V- day Drama Program as well as with SAY, a non-profit that uses the arts to improve confidence and communication skills in children who stutter. Her event planning work includes five benefit galas for SAY and events with United Way Worldwide, and the NYC Arts In Education Roundtable. In the summer of 2011, Jennifer was the director of NYU’s Summer High School Drama Program. Ms. McGrath believes strongly in the power of the arts to educate, inspire, create change, and rehabilitate and is dedicated to encouraging others to find their artistic voices.
DARIAN DAUCHAN (Writer/Performer)is an award winning actor, writer, and musician who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche) and Off Broadway theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV credits include Law and Order, Nickelodeon's Bet the House, as Darian the "SoundFX" Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film Things Never Said.
His solo shows include: Fallen Patriots (NYC Fringe), Texaco's Last Stand (Ohio Theatre/ IGNITE Festival),Media Madness (Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY), Entertainer's Eulogy which had limited engagements at the Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, New York), Whitefire Solo Theatre Festival (Los Angeles, CA), and Theatre ROW (United Solo Festival), Voice Power (Arts for All’s Audience Project Tour) and Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America (Under St. Marks Theater, SPKRBOX Festival, Norway) originally presented by Horse Trade Theater Group in conjunction with the Bowery Arts and Science.
His first screenplay Kalfou (A Crossroads Tale) co-written with his sister Desha Dauchan was selected into the Film Independentʼs 2008 Screenwriters Lab, home to the popular Spirit Awards, and the L.A. Film Festival.
Darian has also embraced the art of Spoken Word/Performance Poetry and within his first three months had won slams at all three major poetry venues in New York City. He was a member of the 2006 National Poetry Slam Team for the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, was crowned the 2007 Urbana Grand Slam Champion for the Bowery Poetry Club, was a 2008 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist, and was the 2009 New Word Artist for Urban Word NYC in conjunction with the Dance Theatre Workshop now known as New York Live Arts. He has toured across the country at poetry venues, including the famous Green Mill in Chicago, and has also performed at colleges that include the prestigious Yale University, FIT, and New York University. His popular Obama poem during the historic 2008 election has received over 73,000 views on YouTube and counting. He's currently featured on the FIAT Storyteller's Series.
He is the founder of The Spoken Word Almanac Project, a poetry collective committed to writing poems on current world events. He conceived the spoken word trilogy shows Slam 101, 102, and 103 for Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Series, which he co-wrote with poets Shanelle Gabriel and Erik Maldonado, and has toured around the Tri- state area with the support of Young Audiences New York. The 4th installment Eco-Poets:Enviroslammin was presented and developed in the New Victory Labworks Residency. Heʼs also a Teaching Artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a Mentor for Urban Word NYC, a grassroots non-profit organization that provides free, safe, uncensored and ongoing writing and performance opportunities for NYC teens.
He was awarded four diversity scholarships from the Upright Citizens Brigade for sketch comedy and improv, was also the 2012 winner of The Jerome Foundation's Stakeholder's Choice Award and one of his most recent shows Death Boogie, a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical, was the 2012 winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Festival Musical Theatre Matters Awards for BEST New Music and BEST Innovation of a Musical. Black Sheep, his fifth solo show was commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, and placed 3rd for Best Play at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival. His band The Mighty Third Rail , a 3 man trio, which combines the elements of poetry, beat-boxing, violin, and upright bass. were 2015 American Music Abroad Finalists for the U.S. State Department, and in 2014 performed at SPKRBOX, the first Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. He’s currently the Artist in Residence with the All for One Theater Company, developing the Sci Fi Hip Hop transmedia pieceBrobot Johnson. Death Boogie, the album, along with The Mighty Third Rail’s debut album Classic is now available on iTunes.
DESMOND BRATTON (Bass) is a freelance bassist and pedagogue passionate about community engagement through the art of musical conversation. He holds a Masters of Music from Ithaca College, where he studied Double Bass Performance with Nicholas Walker. Desmond has since been invited to participate in the music festival Le Domaine Forget in northern Quebec, where he studied with Paul Ellison of the Houston Grand Opera, David Allen Moore of the L.A. Philharmonic, and Scott Dixon of the Cleveland Orchestra.
As a pedagogue, Desmond is currently holding a guest lecturer position at Cornell University, as well as teaching at Ithaca's local music school Opus Ithaca. Desmond also spends the summer season teaching and performing in Miami, Florida, where he's been invited as a guest performer and teacher with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the Miami Youth Chamber Music, with members of the University of Miami Music Faculty, San Francisco Opera, and the New World Symphony.
When he is not teaching, Desmond is actively performing and recording within the local music scene in the genres of Jazz, Classical, and Folk music.
Desmond's first major performance was created for the Moffit Cancer Center, where he used songs from West African, African American, and Jewish traditions to bring patients, family, staff, and members of the local community together. His passion for musical community engagement has since continued through workshops in middle and elementary schools, and Youth detention facilities, where he emphasizes the use of improvisation, a necessary life skill to resolve conflict, generate communication, and build community.
MATHEW "MATTVIOLINIST" SILVERA (Violinist) is a Bronx, NY native. He, utilized music as an escape from all the negativity that was prevalent in his community, giving him a sense of pride and accomplishment when he struggled academically. Matt studied music education at William Paterson University where he played in the Orchestra. Mathew received accolades after achieving 3 time “First Place” winner at the Famous NY Apollo Theater and Halftime at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks. He performed as a featured artist in the National and Russian tour, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” 2015-2016. He has graced the stage of several College Universities as a special guest Artist and landed a National commercial as a principal, playing Violin for Mastercard. Having the experience of playing in bands and wedding bands has afforded Mathew an opportunity to play and record with some well established musicians and singers. Mathew recently open the doors for “Soca” Music locally and traveling to several Caribbean Islands. He lives by the motto that music is a powerful tool that brings people from various cultures and walks of life together. His goal is to enlighten and empower the youth of his generation, to stand and kill the close minded stereotypes of society by uniting through music. mattviolinist.com