A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay about The Death of Walt Disney is an adrenaline-charged odyssey, a supersonic portrait of the man who forever changed the American Dream, and it’s an unforgettable fantasia. New York writer Lucas Hnath’s hit play premieres in Australia care of MKA Theatre and Provocare Festival. Aided by a pack of cigarettes, a litre of vodka, three actors, and countless dead lemmings Walt Disney reads you a screenplay he wrote. About himself. And his death.
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. 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, possibly, live without him? Fade to black. Fade. to. Oh for fucks sake. Do i have to- Blackout.
Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney is about fantasies, corporate monopolies, and the price of success. This most wonderful spectacle is staged entirely from an elite boardroom, and stars sibling duo Australian enfant terrible Tobias Manderson-Galvin, and performance artist Kerith Manderson-Galvin; accompanied by their parents medical anthropologist Professor Lenore Manderson, and retired senior public servant Patrick Galvin (AM), and all proceedings are immersed in the vicious experimental score of jazz luminary Jules Pascoe (JazzParty et al.).
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.
Playwright LUCAS HNATH (USA)
Direction TOBIAS MANDERSON GALVIN
Performance TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN +
KERITH MANDERSON-GALVIN + LENORE MANDERSON + PATRICK GALVIN
Composition JULES PASCOE
Photography WILSON LIEW
Provocare Festival of the Arts
A Public Reading… is a production of Theatre MK-Alpha in association with Provocare Festival of the Arts (Melbourne).