Soho Rep Adds World Premiere of A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney to Season
By Adam Hetrick
Soho Rep will stage the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney in spring 2013, the company announced Dec. 4.
Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson (Blasted) will helm the premiere that will run April 30–May 26, 2013. A reading of Hnath's play was presented at the 2012 Prelude Festival.
Casting for the Soho Rep production has not been announced. The October Prelude Festival reading featured Reed Birney, Michael Chernus, Thomas Jay Ryan and Heidi Schreck.
Hnath's play, according to Soho Rep, "centers around the reading, by Walt Disney, of a screenplay that the famous man has written. It's about his last days on earth. It's about a city he's going to build that's going to change the world. And it's about his brother. It's about everyone who loves him, and how sad they're going to be when he's gone."
Hnath's works also include Red Speedo, Hillary and Clinton, Sake Tasting with a Séance to Follow, The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith, Odile’s Ordeal, Tonguetied, and Three Attempts at Corrective Eye Surgery. Most recently, his play Death Tax premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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