By Byrne Harrison
Tell me a little bit about Death Boogie.
Death Boogie is a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical that 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. It's a bit of a political romp with a Pee Wee Herman meets Che Guevara type flare if you can believe it, combining music, poetry and comic book illustrations.
What inspired you to write it?
It's a one-man show, but of course, others are involved. Tell me a little bit about your team.
What is next for you after the festival?
I actually just found out I was selected to be a semi-finalist for the Jerome Foundations Stakeholder's Choice Award. So I'll be developing a piece called Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States, which will obviously be about his first term, through the bias lens of one socially conscious poet, being yours truly. It'll be a mix of my poems performed live and his speeches via multimedia, which I'll be presenting the first excerpts of at the Bowery Poetry Club in either late February or early March. After that it's Death Boogie again for the Downtown Urban Theater Festival at the HERE Arts Center in mid-March.
If you had to describe Death Boogie using only three adjectives, which would you choose?
Hmmm... how about Zany, Political, Fun.