Larry Pine Will Portray Walt Disney Off-Broadway in A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay

By Adam Hetrick
March 7, 2013

Larry Pine will portray animation icon Walt Disney in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney at Soho Rep this spring.

Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson (Blasted) will helm the premiere that will run April 30–May 26. A reading of Hnath's play was presented at the 2012 Prelude Festival.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

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."

The creative team includes Mimi Lien (set design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Matt Frey (lighting design), Matt Tierney (sound design) and Jon Knust (props), with Annie-B Parson (movement) and Steve Cuiffo (special effects).

Pine's Broadway appearances include The Royal Family, The Seagull, End of the World, Angels in America and Bus Stop. His film credits include "Moonrise Kingdom," "Arbitrage," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Empire Falls," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Dead Man Walking" and many others.

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.