A New Folk Opera by Jahn Sood

In A Sea of Faces: A New Folk Opera by Jahn Sood is made up of folk songs and movement and is a celebration of oral tradition, family and life near the ocean.

In A Sea of Faces tells the story of an isolated island community and a family who lives there. Long ago, foreign ships came to the island and introduced its people to grandiose ideas and desires, and the promise of opportunity abroad. Myth and idealism about far away places developed from the stories, and ultimately draw Jacob, the father, away from his family and home.  The family longs for his return, and as they wait the people of the island relate the legends of the island in folk songs and rhyming verse.

The cast includes nine members plus a five-piece band.

The label “Folk Opera” does not refer to classical opera, but instead the story telling style established by Brecht (Three Penny Opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogony), and Gershwin (Porgy and Bess), the deliberately Brechtian Kander & Ebb musicals Cabaret and Chicago or the Rock Opera’s Rent, Tommy, Passing Strange; all are examples of theatre pieces that use folk music, rock & roll, colloquial language and third person narrative to tell the audience a story, usually with a subversive social perspective.

Writer Jahn Sood chose to characterize the island in his story as an island in Maine because it is a community he knows and loves.  His mother was born on Mount Desert Island, and he has visited often.  

According to Sood, “Bringing the show to Maine means bringing it back to the place that inspired it and the place where I wrote it.   In many ways it is a love song for the people of the Maine coast.”

Rated "PG-13" for allusions to violence, sex and drinking in the songs.

You can stream samples of the music here

SUMMER TOUR 2016: The show will be running on Mount Desert Island from Aug 4-13 and in New York from September 15-25 and touring its way down the coast, performing in theaters, boathouses & alternative art spaces in between. 

Writer Jahn Sood creates in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His musicals include: The Disappearing Man, In A Sea of Faces (words/music), Vital Signs and With You Always (with Max Mamon), The Last Words of Dutch Shultz (with Pat Irwin). He was a founding member of Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and toured nationally with the group.  He also worked as a guitarist, audio engineer and assistant to composer Pat Irwin (of the B-52’s) on the scores of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, HBO’s Bored to Death, and several feature films (and is currently assisting on AMC's Feed the Beast). He is a graduate of NYU Tisch (Graduate Musical Theater Writing) and Tufts University, and a proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, ASCAP and AFM Local 802.  When he isn’t writing, Jahn records rock bands, musicals, audio books and film scores. (

Show Dates & Times:

8/14/16 - Sunday

7:00 pm,

$15/Adv, $18/Door

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