Mark Mulcahy and Ben Katchor 
Photo courtesy of Vineyard Theatre.
Mark Mulcahy and Ben Katchor
Photo courtesy of Vineyard Theatre.
Composer Mark Mulcahy will join the cast of Vineyard Theatre's musical The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (Or, The Friends of Dr. Rushower), for five performances, February 21-24.

Mulcahy co-created the work with librettist and noted cartoonist Ben Katchor. The show is set in and around Manhattan and on a tropical factory-island of exploited workers. Katchor was inspired by the tradition of the "picture reciter," a form of live entertainment from 17th-century India. Updating and exploring this tradition, he has created original, hand-drawn still and animated sequences which complement Mulcahy's indie-rock score.

Mulcahy will be playing the role of George Klatter, originated by actor Stephen Lee Anderson, who will return to the role on February 26, following his absence due to a family emergency. Also included in the cast are Tony Award-nominee Peter Friedman, Bobby Steggert, Tom Riis Farrell, Jody Flader, Matt Pearson, and Will Swenson. Bob McGrath directs.

The production features set and projections by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg, costume design by Mattie Ullrich, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, sound design by David Arnold and Brett Jarvis, choreography by John Carrafa, and musical direction by Erik James.

Mulcahy is the former front-man of Miracle Legion, an indie-rock band. As a solo artist, he has performed throughout the US and abroad. His CDs include In Pursuit of Your Happiness, Smilesunset, I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again, and Fathering.

For TheaterMania's review of the production, click here. For more information, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.