The winner of two Musical Theatre Matters Awards including Best New Music and Best Innovation in Musical Theatre at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Death Boogie," comes to the Auditorium Theatre's Katten Landau Studio, September 5 – 7, 2013. Written and performed by actor/poet Darian Dauchan accompanied by local Chicago musicians, and directed by Jennifer McGrath, the "New York Times" hails this innovative, modern hip hop musical as "a polished, invigorating spoken-word performance."
Both a concept album and a theatrical production, "Death Boogie" follows the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker turned revolutionist. Spartan may lead a comatose lifestyle by day but at night, he hears the poetic sounds of revolution. A political romp that uses a combination of music (violin, bass and beat-boxing) and comic book illustrations to convey the deeply rooted call to action, Dauchan embodies Spartan along with various characters.