The Disappearing Man

Book, Music & Lyrics by: Jahn Sood

Jahn Sood

Jahn Sood (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

JAHN SOOD (writer/composer) is an Indian-American writer and composer based in New York City. He wrote the script and score for the short film We Were An Island (2019) and musicals: The Disappearing Man, In A Sea of Faces, Vital Signs, With You Always which have been in New York, regionally and internationally. He assisted Pat Irwin (of the B-52’s) on the scores of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, HBO’s Bored to Death, Netflix’ The Good Cop, AMC’s Feed the Beast, and several films. He was a founding member of Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and toured nationally with the group. BA: Tufts University (International Relations), MFA: NYU Tisch (Musical Theater Writing). When not writing, Jahn is a Music Editor, Audio Engineer, Producer and Musician.

West Hyler

West Hyler (Director)

WEST HYLER (director) is the Producing Artistic Director of the New York Musical Festival, where he won the 2017 New York Musical Festival award for Outstanding Direction for "Georama". He was the Scene Director and Story Writer for Cirque Du Soleil Paramour, Cirque's first Broadway Musical. His other directing work includes Djembe! (Apollo theater, Chicago), Avenue Q (State Puppet Theater of Bulgaria), Mortality Play, Wingman, Kid who would be Pope (Ars Nova), H2O (59E59), Getting My Act Together, Game of Love (York Theater Company), Tempest, Love's Labours Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), Georama, The Disappearing Man (St Louis Rep), No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater), Flambe Dreams, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna, and Georama (NYMF), amongst others. Prior to Paramour, Hyler worked on Broadway as associate director to Des McAnuff on Jersey Boys, which Hyler later staged in venues around the world, and as associate director on "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". His other writing credits include We Declare You a Terrorist (SPF), Georama (St Louis Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival) and the Short film "A Jake and A Tom" (Hollywood International Film Festival, Charleston International Film Festival). As a writer/director his work includes Legendarium and Metamorphosis (Big Apple Circus, Lincoln Center) and Panda! (Beijing State Theater, Palazzo Hotel and Casino). He has been a Drama League fall directing fellow as well as a Drama League Resident Artist and holds an MFA from UCSD. West Hyler is married to the director Shelley Butler.

Brian Cavanagh-Strong

Brian Cavanagh-Strong (Musical Director)

BRIAN CAVANAGH-STRONG (music director/vocal arranger) writes music, and works on projects that use music to tell stories. He is the Music Director/Music Supervisor of John Cameron Mitchell’s new podcast musical Anthem: Homunculus. He has written music for All Long True American Stories, a five play-cycle in which playwright Julia May Jonas reimagines canonical American male-experience plays for other people - mostly women. His short opera, The Pomada Inn, with a libretto by Jonathan Larson award-winner Ben Bonnema, was commissioned by American Opera Projects in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots. He has assisted TV/film composer Pat Irwin on numerous projects, including HBO's Bored To Death and Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Brian is a graduate of Grinnell College, and holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He's a member of ASCAP, and subscribes to Cook's Illustrated.

Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack (Daphne the Lion Tamer)

Most known for her work as Lola on Hulu’s Difficult People, Shakina can also be seen on Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix) and The Detour (TBS). On Broadway: 24-Hour Plays, Gypsy of the Year. Off-Broadway: Masculinity Max at The Public Theater, Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty (as Lady Liberty). Currently in development, her autobiographical glam rock odyssey Manifest Pussy; Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club, a great American play about Trans women in Thailand; and JUNK, a rock opera conceived by the Swedish pop band Brainpool. Recognitions include the Lilly Award for Working Miracles, TRU Humanitarian Award, OUT 100, and two-time Drama League fellow. Founding Artistic Director, Musical Theatre Factory ( More at and on the socials as @shakeenz

Michael Cunio

Michael Cunio (Bellows, the Ring Master)

MICHAEL CUNIO (Bellows, the Ring Master) has been described as “the spawn of Freddie Mercury & Janis Joplin” Cunio is a featured vocalist & MC for Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. He came to national attention as the “electrifying wailer” in the PBS retro-rock group Under the Streetlamp & his “gloriously gritty” solo album Back Alley Soul debuted at #6 on iTunes R&B/Soul charts. He is currently the White Rabbit in Company XIV’s Queen of Hearts. @Cunio4

Mary Kate Morrissey

Mary Kate Morrissey (Sara, the Magician’s Lovely Assistant)

MARY KATE MORRISSEY (Sara, the Magician’s Lovely Assistant) is set to play the role of Janis in the First National Tour of Mean Girls, she recently returned from a 13-month run as Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked. Past credits include: Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, Tamar of the River. International Tour: Hair (Sheila). Regional Favorites: Fun Home (Sundance Theatre Lab), Lizzie: The Musical (Portland Center Stage), Elmer Gantry (Signature Theatre). MK believes in bourbon on the rocks, feminism, and new musical theater.

Luke Wygodny

Luke Wygodny (Jumping Jack, the Acrobat)

LUKE WYGODNY (Jumping Jack, the Acrobat) played Jack in the first NY reading of The Disappearing Man in 2012, at Joe’s Pub in 2013, a sold out run in Brooklyn at Cloud City in 2014, St. Louis Rep in 2017 & The Barn Arts Collective in Maine in 2018. Other credits included Nat’l tour: Hundred Days, Once, American Idiot & Soul Doctor. NYC: The Bad Years, The Last Goodbye (workshop), Chicago: Rent. Luke is also a singer-songwriter. Follow his folk band @TheHeartstringsProject.

DC Anderson

DC Anderson (Lloyd the Clown)

DC ANDERSON (Lloyd the Clown) worked regionally with Steppenwolf, Guthrie, Northlight, Great Lakes Shakespeare and Goodspeed. Broadway (The Phantom of the Opera), Off Broadway (Queen of the Mist - Transport Group) and various projects at the York. Film/TV: Norman, Miles, Billions, The Enemy Within, Rich Boy Rich Girl. DC has released 9 CD’s, and has new CD coming.

Erik Lochtefeld

Erik Lochtefeld (Jim Plaster, The Disappearing Man)

Broadway: King Kong, Misery, Metamorphoses. Off-broadway:A Walk with Mr. Heifetz(Primary Stages), Napoli, Brooklyn (Roundabout), The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons), A Funny Thing…of NYC (MCC), Stupid F***ing Bird (The Pearl), Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova), Powerhouse (New Ohio), Row After Row (Women’s Project), Tamar of the River (ProspectTheatre), Melancholy Play (13P), February House (Public Theater). Regional:Unknown Soldier (Williamstown), Hamlet (Yale Rep), Candide (Goodman, Shakespeare Theater, Huntington), aswell as work with Long Wharf, The O’Neill, Hartford Stage, Two River, McCarter, Centerstage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Intiman, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, Mark Taper Forum. TV/Film: Madame Secretary,The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Law&Order. He is married to playwright Laura Eason.

Chris Henry Coffey

Chris Henry Coffey (Lionel Robbins, a St. Louis Impressario)

Theatrical credits include Bronx Bombers on Broadway after its successful run at Primary Stages, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage Theatre (Davis McCallum, dir.), Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons and Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, dir.), and A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse (Mark Lamos, dir., Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Best Ensemble). Additional highlights include working with Arthur Miller on his penultimate play Resurrection Blues (The Old Globe); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Westport Country Playhouse); The Front Page (Long Wharf Theatre); The Violet Hour and Hedda Gabler (Dallas Theater Center); and The P.R. Man (Ohio Theater), among others. Selected film credits include Diverge, The Little Tin Man, Epilogue (Tribeca Film Festival 2013), Neil LaBute’s BFF (Tribeca Film Festival 2012), David Schwimmer’s feature Trust and recently We Were an Island, a short with script and score by DM writer/composer Jahn Sood. Mr. Coffey is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Luke Wygodny as Jumping Jack the Acrobat in the 2014 workshop at Cloud City, Brooklyn. Photo by Micah Joel.Liz Lark Brown (as Sara, the Magician's Lovely Assistant) and Nick Blaemire (as Jim Plaster, the Disappearing Man) in the 2017 workshop at the Barn Arts Collective, Bass Harbor, Maine. Photo by JK Putnam.Katie Melby as Daphne the Liontamer in the 2014 workshop at Cloud City, Brooklyn. Photo by Micah Joel.Jeremy Morse as Harvey the Clown in the 2014 workshop at Cloud City, Brooklyn. Photo by Micah Joel.Mary Kate Morrissey as Sara, the Magician's Lovely Assistant in the 2014 workshop at Cloud City, Brooklyn. Photo by Micah Joel.