Jahn Sood Folk Opera The Disappearing Man, With Mike Longo, Mary Kate Morrissey and More, Begins Jan. 17 in Brooklyn

By Michael Gioia
17 Jan 2014

Mike Longo
Mike Longo

The Musical Theatre Factory presents a showcase production of The Disappearing Man, a new folk opera with book, music and lyrics by Jahn Sood, Jan. 17-25 at Cloud City in Williamsburg.

The MTF production follows a sold-out concert at Joe's Pub and a development reading in spring 2013.

The cast includes Mike Longo (Hair national tour) and Mary Kate Morrissey (Hair national tour), with Jason SweetTooth Williams (Bloodsong of Love), Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), Luke Wygodny (American Idiot national tour), Katie Melby, Andrew Lynch (Blue Man Group), Lizzie Hagstedt (Southern Comfort) and Jeremy Yaddaw.

The Disappearing Man, according to MTF, "takes place backstage at a small-time travelling circus in 1936. When the headliner is offered another job, the motley troupe must decide whether to adapt to the change or fight to keep the family together."



A circus-style pre-show is held a half hour before curtain each night and features aerialist Rachael Shane, Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen (a band of vaudevillians, Jan. 17-24 only), Nelson Lugo the Charming Trickster (Jan. 17 only), magician Tanya Salomon (Jan. 18 only), clown Becca Bernarda (Jan. 19 only), clown Jeff Seal (Jan. 20 only), magician Matthew Holtzclaw (Jan. 23 only), magician Baker the Fakir (Jan. 24 only), contortion dancer Amazing Amy (Jan. 25 only) and Rose Hips and Ships (Jan. 25 only). A closing-night party, featuring banjo wielding busker extraordinaire Morgan O'Kane, will be Jan. 25 at 10 PM.

The folk opera was originally conceived while Sood was on tour with the band Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and was subsequently workshopped in Cambridge, MA. In 2013, Sood began a new phase of development with director Shakina Nayfack and music director Brian Cavanagh-Strong, the team behind this Musical Theatre Factory showcase.

Performances are offered Jan. 17-19, 23-25 at 8 PM and January 20-21 at 7 PM.

Cloud City is located at 85 N. 1st Street in Brooklyn. For more information and tickets, click here.