Off-Book Book Club: A reading group for classic and contemporary plays.
This month the club will be discussing A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath.
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Lucas Hnath's darkly clever A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney centers on the reading, in a generic corporate conference room, of a stylized screenplay written by the great man himself, in the ultimate act of self-mythologizing. It's being read by the people it's about--Walt himself, his brother/henchman Roy, and Walt's resentful daughter and her ex-jock husband.It's about Walt's 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. Can Walt control the future from the grave? Why does his daughter hate him so much? Were thousands of lemmings harmed in the making of a famous Disney nature film? Stay tuned . . .
" . . . superb . . . "A Public Reading" is a meditation on the human desire to aspire to the status of a god, and the corrupting influence of this wish on the spirit and the flesh." -- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Lucas Hnath's plays include Hillary and Clinton, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, and A Doll's House, Part 2, nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. His work has been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway, and around the country.
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