A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, With Larry Pine and Frank Wood, Opens at Soho Rep May 9
By Adam Hetrick
Larry Pine, Amanda Quaid, Brian Sgambati and Tony Award winner Frank Wood appear in the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, which officially opens May 9 after previews that began April 30 at Soho Rep.
Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson (Blasted) helms the premiere that runs through May 26. 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) plays Walt Disney, with Wood (Angels in America, Clybourne Park) as Roy Disney, Quaid (Cock, Luck of the Irish) as Daughter and 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.
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