The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island,
or, The Friends of Dr. Rushower

A Tragicomedy for Music-Theater

Words, drawings and direction: Ben Katchor
Music: Mark Mulcahy

The chemical emissions and addictive soft-drinks of a ruined tropical factory-island set the stage for this 21st century absurdist romance by cartoonist Ben Katchor and composer Mark Mulcahy (former lead of the rock bands Miracle Legion and Polaris from "The Adventures of Pete and Pete" TV show). With projected drawings, animation, and a sung-through pop score, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island follows the efforts of a New York philanthropist to bring the modern poetry of instructional pamphlets to a group of exploited island workers. Best known for his weekly comic strips Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer and Hotel & Farm, Katchor received an Obie for the Bang on a Can/Ridge Theater opera The Carbon Copy Building (The Kitchen, 1999). For booking information contact:

Original production at The Kitchen, NYC 2004
Singers: Joshua Bishoff, Mark Mulcahy, Ryan Toomire, Mollie Weaver, Michael Wiener and Tom Buckland.
Band: Ken Maiuri (band leader, keyboard, mandolin, accordion), Brian Marchese, (drums, saxophone), Dave Dreiwitz (bass) and Chris Harford (guitar).
Lighting: Howard Thies
Sound: John Plenge
Stage Manager: Kristy Baltezore

Trap Door and Furniture Construction: Jeffrey Greene
Stage Assistants: Brian Lucente, Laura Soldati and Victoria Wyatt

The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island has been made possible with the generous support from The Rockefeller MAP Fund. Additional support is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The production was workshopped and rehearsed at Mass MoCA, MA in January 2003 and March 2004 and at The Kitchen in June 2003.

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