Concert of The Disappearing Man, With Erik Lochtefeld, D.C. Anderson and More, Held April 8 at Joe's Pub
By Michael Gioia
A concert presentation of Jahn Sood's new folk opera The Disappearing Man is offered April 8 at Joe's Pub in New York City. Erik Lochtefeld stars in the title role.
The 7 PM concert follows a February 2013 standing-room-only development reading that showcased a new book and several new songs.
The Joe's Pub cast includes Lochtefeld (Metamorphosis) as The Disappearing Man, D.C. Anderson (Queen of the Mist, Ballad of Little Jo) as The Ringmaster, Margo Seibert (Pregnancy Pact, In This House) as The Magician's Lovely Assistant, Luke Wygodny (The Last Goodbye) as Jumpin' Jack the Acrobat, Lorinda Lisitza (Triumphant Baby!) as Daphne the Lion Tamer, Jeremy Morse and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams (Bloodsong of Love, The Trouble with Doug) as Harvey and Lloyd the Clowns, with Jahn Sood, Andrew Burns and Lizzie Hagstedt in the band.
According to press notes, "This lively and touching folk score tells the story of magician Jim Plaster, the headliner in a 1936 second-rate circus troupe. When Plaster is offered a job in a St. Louis theatre the troupe's revolver-toting ringmaster is faced with losing his star act. Meanwhile the magician's lovely assistant has secrets of her own that threaten to undo this motley circus family."
Disappearing Man received a workshop with director Brendan Shea and a cast from the American Repertory Theater's Institute for Advanced Theater Training in 2009, a reading with the Process Group's Required Reading Series at the Barrow Street Theater in New York, and a festival excerpt production at the Factory Theater in Boston as part of the FeverFest09.
The piece is now in development with director Shakina Nayfack and music director Brian Cavanagh-Strong.
Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 967-7555 or visit JoesPub.com.
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