What is it like to be an overnight Internet sensation? Chicago beatboxer Yuri Lane knows all about it. His Beatbox Harmonica video, featuring his extraordinary talent, went viral on YouTube, garnering millions of hits and making him an instant star in cyberspace. Me Tube, his new multimedia beatbox show, reflects on this exhilarating and strange experience by turning virtual reality into theatrical fantasy. Created with Sharif Ezzat and Rachel Havrelock, MeTube makes its world premiere at this fall’s Festival and then transfers to Victory Gardens Theater for a weeklong run.
This program is presented in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater. Thanks to the generosity of Lorraine and Jay Jaffe, Yuri Lane will also visit a Chicago-area classroom and lead an interactive experience with the students.
Speakers and Performers
Yuri Lane is a performer based in Chicago. His one-man human beatbox musical, Soundtrack City, debuted in 2001, and he starred in a 2002 short film featuring his beatboxing skills called Compulsory Breathing. Lane's From Tel Aviv to Ramallah, a hip-hop play that tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has played at theaters nationwide as well as on college campuses, at Jewish-Muslim and Israeli-Arab peace events, and community centers. He continues to perform at area clubs and is working on a beatbox album.