New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop 2019 Residency

The Seven Year Disappear

August 17, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

A tale of sudden disappearances and reappearances, and the questions they raise.

New York Theatre Workshop

By Jordan Seavey
directed by Carolyn Cantor

An internationally renowned performance artist up and vanishes without telling anyone, including her son Naphtali. Seven years later, devastated by personal and political failings, Naphtali answers the door to find Mom has returned—with few answers and one big request.


Jordan SeaveyJordan Seavey’s plays include Homos, or Everyone in America (OBIE Award for performance, Michael Urie; New York Times "Critic’s Pick"; New York Magazine’s 10 Best Theater Events of 2016; The Advocate’s Top 10 New York Theater of 2016), Wight, November 4th 2008, The Funny Pain, The Truth Will Out, Children at Play, 6969 and This is a Newspaper. Since 2003 he’s co-created more than fifteen new plays with theater company CollaborationTown, including Candy (a commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center), Riddle of the Trilobites (New Victory Theater), Family Play (1979 to Present) (The Advocate’s 10 Best LGBT Plays of 2014), and The Momentum (GLAAD Award nomination). His work has been developed at NYTW, The Public Theater, Labyrinth Theatre Co., Soho Rep, Roundabout Theater Co., Primary Stages, The Flea, The New Ohio, The Old Vic (London), Finborough Theatre (London), Oslo International Theatre (Norway), Q Theatre (New Zealand), Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, amongst others. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, and an alum of The Public Theater's Emerging Writer’s Group, Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.


Carolyn CantorCarolyn Cantor is a graduate of Dartmouth College and participated in the first two NYTW summer residencies when she was a student. She is thrilled to be joining the company again this summer. Carolyn is a New York based director of primarily new work. Off Broadway credits include Sell/Buy/Date, Regrets and Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club); Indian Summer, Fly By Night, Great God Pan, After the Revolution (Callaway Award), Stone Cold Dead Serious (Playwrights Horizons); Arlington (Vineyard Theatre); In a Dark Dark House (MCC Theater); Something You Did (Primary Stages); The Talls (Second Stage); Core Values (Ars Nova); Orange Flower Water, Living Room in Africa, Now That's What I Call A Storm and Life is a Dream (Edge Theater), and EVE-olution (Cherry Lane). Regionally her work has been seen in Good Boys (Pasadena Playhouse), THEO (Two River), Rabbit Hole (Geffen, Garland Award) and Sell/Buy/Date (Geffen and LA LGBT Center ), The Violet Hour (Old Globe), After the Revolution, Not Waving and King Stag (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Vera Laughed and Get What You Need (NYS&F), Diary of Anne Frank (Papermill) and many others. She has developed work at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Theater Lab, Steppenwolf, the Goodman Theater, OSF and NYS&F. Carolyn has received the Seldes/Kanin Award from the Theatre Hall of Fame, the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Fellowships from WTF and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. She is the mother of two daughters, Stella, age 13 and Vivian, age 9.

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