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  MK-ALPHA + Provocaré Festival of the Arts present

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney

by Lucas Hnath

Walt Disney reads you a screenplay he wrote. About himself. And his death. 
An adrenaline charged theatrical odyssey, a supersonic portrait of the man who
forever changed the American Dream;  an unforgettable fantasia. New York writer
Lucas Hnath’s hit play receives a daring and comical Australian premiere care of
l’enfant terribles MKA and Chapel Street’s Provocaré Festival of the Arts.
Performed by the Manderson-Galvin family.
Aided by a pack of cigarettes, a litre of vodka, his family, and countless dead lemmings,
Walt Disney reads you a screenplay he wrote. About himself. And his death.

A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney is about fantasies, corporate monopolies, the price of success, and the Disney Dynasty. Walt Disney, his brother Roy, Walt’s daughter Dianne, and his son-in-law Ron.
This wonderful spectacle is staged entirely from an elite boardroom and/or magical castle, and features jazz score from Jules Pascoe (JAZZ Party, Husky).
Starring a very real family:
The nuclear unit of MKA’s Tobias Manderson-Galvin and Kerith Manderson-Galvin,
and their parents Distinguished Professor Lenore Manderson & Patrick Galvin (AM).

Reviews

the MKA production

“A cynical, sharply political deconstruction of the exploitative forces behind the fairytale juggernaut, memorably performed.”

– THE AGE

“A bizarrely absurd world… a wild ride oddly mesmerising… terrifyingly realistic”

– THEATREPRESS

“We are dragged into a dream… seeing in monochrome, post-technicolour, and it’s glorious… The presence of this living, breathing family is undeniable.”

– MELBOURNE CRITIQUE

“The myth… never has it felt so believable as in Hnath’s script”

– THE 8 PERCENT

the SOHO Rep production

“Blackly comic… 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

“A devastating portrait of a man for whom make-believe was more real than reality itself.”

– NEW YORK POST

“Enjoyably weird and hermetic… Nothing that ever came out of the Magic Kingdom was ever this animated.”

– TIMEOUT

“Darkly comic.”

– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A blood-pumping and hilarious evening of theater”

– THEATERMANIA

“Explosive.”

– NY DAILY NEWS

Credits

Playwright LUCAS HNATH (USA)
Artistic Director + Scenographer TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN
Rehearsal Director CARA DINLEY
Performers TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN as Walt Disney
KERITH MANDERSON-GALVIN as Roy Disney
LENORE MANDERSON as Diane Disney-Miller
PATRICK GALVIN as Ron Miller
w. LEILA ROMITI as Disney Cast Member
Composer JULES PASCOE
Photographer
 WILSON LIEW

Acknowledgments

Lenore’s hair by Runway Room – Prahran

Patrick & Tobias are dressed by Jack London

Dates

PREMIERE SEASON

PROVOCARÉ Festival of the Arts
Season 11 – 14 Jul 2018
Times 8pm Wed – Sat
Duration 70 minutes
Location MC Showroom
1 / 48 Clifton Street, Prahran

Partners

Chapel Street’s PROVOCARÉ Festival of the Arts: where Chapel Street Precinct will be transformed into a provocative world of captivating art, music, and theatre during the winter month of July.
provocare.com.au

A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath is MKA’s 44th full-length performance work. The work was first presented by New York off-Broadway darlings SOHO REP. This production is presented by MKA and PROVOCARÉ in arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists
Play Service, Inc New York.