Frank Wood Joins Larry Pine for A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney; Cast Complete

By Adam Hetrick
March 27, 2013

Tony Award winner Frank Wood, Amanda Quaid and Brian Sgambati will join the previously announced Larry Pine in the Soho Rep world premiere of Lucas Hnath's A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, which will begin Off-Broadway performances April 30 downtown.

Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson (Blasted) will helm the premiere that will run through May 26. It officially opens May 9. A reading of Hnath's play was presented at the 2012 Prelude Festival. 

Pine (The Royal Family, The Seagull, End of the World, Angels in America) is cast as Walt Disney, with Wood (Angels in America, Clybourne Park) as Roy Disney, Quaid (Cock, Luck of the Irish) as Daughter and Brian Sgambati (Merchant of Venice, The Coast of Utopia) as Ron Miller.

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).

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.