Disappeared

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408162859.00000017
Acts: 2. Scenes: 15. Roles: Male (4) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Disappeared is a tense flickering mystery thriller revolving around the unexplained exit of a woman from a bar in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.

Sarah Casey is a travel agent who has never been anywhere. In between bickering with her mother and her almost-fiancé, she frequents a dive bar on Forty-Eighth and the highway.

There, one evening, she meets the peculiar Elston Rupp. Elston works in a second-hand-clothing shop, and wears other people’s clothes and names: he introduces himself to Sarah as Timothy Creighton.

Their conversation on the last night Sarah was seen is interwoven with the scenes which follow her disappearance: press conferences appealing for information; police interrogations of Elston; Elston’s impassive reaction; Sarah’s mother’s grief. The elliptical structure endows Nagy’s play with a rich tension, and the characters’ need for escape gives it a final, elusive beauty.

Disappeared was first produced in 1995 at the Haymarket Studio, Leicester.

From Nagy Plays: 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Phyllis Nagy

ISBN: 9780413723703

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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