IN THE NEWS: Preview A Public Reading... with Providence Monthly! Read Jenn Salcido's exclusive article, The Wilbury Group Examines the Man Behind Mickey Mouse: A look into the real life version of Walt Disney...
Tonight Walt is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. 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 so much, and it’s about how sad they're going to be when he’s gone.
Right? I mean, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him?
The Wilbury Group presents the New England premiere of Lucas Hnath’s (pronounced nayth) adrenaline-charged odyssey, directed by Brien Lang (We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!) and with Vince Petronio (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) in a supersonic portrait of the man who forever changed the American Dream.
Featuring Vince Petronio as Walt Disney, Andrea Carlin as Daughter, Josh Andrews as Ron Miller, and Tom Chace as Roy.
A Public Reading.... runs for approximately 80 minutes.
"…a blackly comic inversion of the public Disney persona, in the form of a stylized screenplay being read in an anonymous-looking corporate conference room…Walt would be doing cartoonish gyrations in his grave if he were to see how thoroughly Mr. Hnath has subverted the popular image of Disney." —NY Times
"Minutes into the darkly humorous play it's clear that for the famous man who made Mickey Mouse, movies and the Magic Kingdom, everything was about him. Always. Especially during his last days on earth."—NY Daily News
"…a devastating portrait of a man for whom make-believe was more real than reality itself." —NY Post
"A blood-pumping and often hilarious evening of theater."
"Enjoyably weird and hermetic…Nothing that ever came out of the Magic Kingdom was ever this animated." —Time Out NY
CAST & CREW
A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY
Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Brien Lang
Vince Petronio, Walt Disney
Tom Chace, Roy Disney
Andrea Carlin, Daughter
Josh Andrews, Ron Miller
Katryne Hecht, Scenic Design
Stephanie Traversa, Costume Design
Marc Tiberis, Light Design
Milly Romanzi, Stage Management
Production Manager, Seth Finkle; Production Photography, Brian Gagnon
Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm preview
Friday, November 7, 7:30pm preview
Saturday, November 8, 7:30pm preview
Sunday, November 9, 7:30pm PWYC
Monday, November 10, 7:30pm press/opening
Thursday, November 13, 7:30pm
Friday, November 14, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 15, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 16, 2:00pm
Thursday, November 20, 7:30pm
Friday, November 21, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 22, 7:30pm
POST-SHOW TALKBACKS TBA
Dive deeper into A Public Reading... with interviews with the playwright and more about the man behind the legend, Walt Disney. Then reserve your tickets to see it for yourself.
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