The Bushwick Starr and All For One Theater Present Darian Dauchan's THE BROBOT JOHNSON EXPERIENCE
The Bushwick Starr collaborates with All For One Theater in presenting The Brobot Johnson Experience, an Afrofuturism transmedia piece written by and starring award-winning solo performer, actor, and poet, Darian Dauchan, who has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and abroad. The recently coined "Afrofuturism" genre is referred to by The New York Times as "...a political and cultural genre that projects black space voyagers, warriors and their heroic like into a fantasy landscape, one that has long been the province of their mostly white counterparts."
At its core, Afrofuturism is about reimagining what the African American experience was and what it could be, and the show is designed to inspire both contemporaries and young people of color to tell outside-of-the-box-stories like Brobot Johnson. One hundred years from now, a race of Hip Hop androids known as Brobots will form a unit, The Tribe Called Space Quest, to spread their message of peace, love, and dopeness all over the universe. Through live looped vocals, rhymes, and beat-boxing, they perform the origin story of the first of their kind. They call it The Brobot Johnson Experience, a Sci-Fi Hip Hop solo concert that defies both space...and time.
Written and performed by Darian Dauchan. Scenic design by Raul Abrego, Lighting design by Sarah Johnston, Sound design by Matt Stine, Costume Design by Asa Benally, Wig Design by Elizabeth Printz, Properties Design by Casey Alexander Smith, Projection design by Katherine Freer, Dramaturgy by Jesse Alick Location: The Bushwick Starr theater: 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wyckoff]
Tickets available starting Jan. 16 at www.thebushwickstarr.org
About Darian Dauchan: Darian Dauchan is AFO's current Artist in Residence. He is an award-winning solo performer, actor, and poet who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century) and Off-Broadway Theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV and Film credits include "Law and Order", Nickelodeon's "Bet the House" as Darian the "SoundFX" Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film "Things Never Said". His band The Mighty Third Rail 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 is the 2016 Loop Station Vice Champion of the American Beatbox Championships and is currently developing The Brobot Johnson Project, a Sci-Fi Hip Hop transmedia piece, with the support of All For One Theater. The web series "The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson" recently won for Outstanding Score, Theme Song, and Comedy Series at the 2017 LA Web Festival, BEST music at the Toronto Web Fest, and BEST soundtrack at the Escape Velocity Festival sponsored by the Museum of Science Fiction. The album Brobot Johnson: Bionic Boom Bap is now available on iTunes. www.dariandauchan.com
Brobot Johnson Award History: LA WEBFEST: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Score; Toronto Web Fest: Best Music; Global Webisode Competition: Excellence in Original Concept and Excellence in Original Song; Harlem International Film Festival: Best Webisode; Brooklyn Web Fest: "Diverse as Fu*k" Award; Escape Velocity Festival: Best Soundtrack.
About The Bushwick Starr: The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning non profit theater that presents an annual Season of new performance work. We are an organization defined by both our artists and our community, and since 2007, we have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performance. We provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and we are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate. Our past Seasons have included new work from groundbreaking artists such as The Mad Ones, Clare Barron, Dave Malloy, The Debate Society, the TEAM, and Half Straddle. "The work they program is boldly experimental. It's also a lot of fun... a bright spot on the Off Off Broadway map" - New York Times "A home for gutsy experimental work." - 2012 Village Voice OBIE Award for Outstanding Work "Brooklyn's hottest incubator. One of New York's best-curated off-off venues." - Time Out New York
About All For One Theater: All For One Theater (AFO), the company that last produced My Name is Gideon and Squeamish, continues its legacy of producing acclaimed solo works. Now in its seventh year, AFO remains dedicated to developing and producing extraordinary solo theater and creating sustaining careers for solo artists. AFO productions have played Off-Broadway at numerous theatres, including Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 59E59, Theatre Row, Cherry Lane Theatre, Wild Project, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2016, AFO launched its touring initiative to bring solo shows to stages across America and around the world. It also created the AFO Solo Collective (AFO|SoCo) to nurture and develop some of the brightest writing, performing, and directing talent in the solo world, providing opportunities to workshop projects in all stages of development. Their two-year Artist in Residence (AIR) program supports a single artist with one big idea. The AIR and their collaborators have access to the full range of AFO's support, developing their work with invited audiences and culminating in the staging of a new full-length play. In 2016 Darian Dauchan was named AFO's Artist in Residence, and this production marks the culmination of that partnership.