“Fierce and troubling… Walker’s play is full of surprises. And it is rooted in the kind of harrowing truths few people want to confront.” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Strong… Disturbing… very human.” – Mark Eleveld, New City

Tom McElroy as Henry, Amanda Powell as Melissa and Joan Kohn as Charolotte | Photo by Anthony Aicardi

Tom McElroy as Henry, Amanda Powell as Melissa and Joan Kohn as Charolotte | Photo by Anthony Aicardi


Synopsis

When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist’s world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents’ house threatens to tear all of them apart for good. Will Melissa stay and fight for her family? Or will she disappear too?

 

A full-length drama in two acts

2 W/ 2 M

 

Awards

Semi-finalist for the 2013 O’Neill Playwrights Conference

-Finalist for the 2008 Princess Grace Award

 

Production history

World Premiere | 16th Street Theater | Directed by Ann Filmer | January 22 through February 28, 2015 | TICKETS ON SALE NOW
This production is JEFF RECOMMENDED.
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Past staged readings include:

 

March 24, 2012Chicago Dramatists – Saturday Series – Chicago

March 2009 – The Blank Theatre – Living Room Series – Los Angeles

 

For more information about The Art of Disappearing or to read the play, please contact me at stephawalker at gmail dot com


Or download the script through the New Play Exchange here.

 
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