2011-12 Season 9

How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found

by Fin Kennedy
Directed by Colin Hovde

Mar - Apr 2012

The award-winning play that follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century. John Whiting Award for New Theatre Writing 2005 When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in the form of a seafront fortune teller in Southend. Haunted by visitations from a pathologist who swears he is already lying flat out on her slab, he begins a nightmarish journey to the edge of existence that sees him stripped of everything that made him who he was.


Charlie/ Adam  Dylan Morrison Myers
Sophie  Stephanie Roswell
Older Man / Tube Man / Robert / American Client #1 / Party Person #3 / Mike / Man’s Voice #3 / Pawn Man  Ian Armstrong
Man / Eric / Danny / American Client #2 / Priest / Party Person #2 / Bureaucrat #2 / Landlord / Man’s Voice #1 / Man’s Voice #2 / Man  Greg Gallagher
Woman / Doctor / Ellie / Angelina / Party Person #1 / Bureaucrat #1 / Bureaucrat #3 / Nurse / Yevtsye  Nadia Mahdi

Production Team

Director  Colin Hovde
Assistant Director  Nathan Mendez
Stage Manager  Julia Robey Christian
Production Manager  Steven T. Royal, Jr.
Scenic Designer  Brooke A. Robbins
Lighting Designer  John D. Alexander
Costume Designer  Leon E. Wiebers
Sound Designer  Elisheba Ittoop
Properties Designer  Steven T. Royal Jr.
Scenic Construction  Troy-Jon Sets
Dialect Coach  Jennifer Mendenhall


What They Say

“I commend Director Colin Hovde for taking control of such a heavy, emotional play which, throughout, reminds audience members of bits of themselves. The ensemble … fly effortlessly through their roles, making their onstage transitions appear natural as they make each character their own.”

DC Metro Theater Arts

“With How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Theater Alliance has found a powerful medium to explore identity – and offers a powerful interpretation of the play to match.”

DC Theatre Scene

“Myers is an engaging presence throughout, nicely jittery and haunted, and Stephanie Roswell calmly plays a character who – well, once she shows up, you’re pretty sure about where Charles stands, existence-wise. Ian Armstrong, Greg Gallagher and Nadia Mahdi take on the remaining 28 characters…”

The Washington Post

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