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

Written by Lucas Hnath
A cartoon whiskey glass with ice cubes in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head melts on a black table, surrounded by cigarette butts and lined paper.

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

Written by Lucas Hnath

An Outside the March and Soulpepper Theatre Production

EXTENDED TO MAY 12 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!
Performances begin April 13
The Young Centre for the Performing Arts

TICKETS

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A FANTASIA FOR THE AGE OF SUCCESSION

See Walt. See Walt run. See Walt run a multinational media conglomerate, remaking the world in his image. See Walt contemplate that image. See Walt contemplate cryonics. See Disney on ice. See Walt’s family. Hear Walt’s screenplay. See Walt’s family hear Walt’s screenplay. See Walt melt.

Outside the March ‘reanimates the Head of Disney’ with this Toronto Premiere by Obie Award-winning dramatist Lucas Hnath (Dana H., A Doll’s House Part 2), one of the funniest and most formally daring playwrights of our moment. Starring Canadian theatre great Diego Matamoros as the man, the mouse, the legend—alongside the powerhouse cast of Katherine Cullen, Tony Ofori and Anand Rajaram, in a production directed by Mitchell Cushman and presented by Soulpepper Theatre.

Despite its title, this is neither a reading nor a screenplay; or rather, it’s both, in a brilliant 90-minute stage play. Hnath’s script is an intricately orchestrated merry-go-round of percussive language like a “hypercaffeinated David Mamet” (The New York Times). 

The production toys with far-fetched concepts like: what if a powerful billionaire pursued his own immortality at the expense of the world around him? What if Elon Musk could doodle? And what if a melting world is no place to keep a frozen head from thawing?

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Audience Advisory:
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney contains some explicit language and implicit references to capitalism’s concentration of power in the hands of egoistic, emotionally-stunted men. It’s appropriate for audiences 12+.

Full crediting below. 

Read the press release here. 

LEAD PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS
Laura Dinner and Richard Rooney

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TICKETS

Previews: April 13, 14, and 16
EXTENDED! Performances now run until May 12
Regular Performances: April 18 – May 12

General Admission: $55 (Previews $35)
Reserved: $75 (Previews $55)
Artsworker/Underwaged*: $35 (available with code CRYO at checkout)
*Limited number available for each performance

Pay-it-Forward Program
Outside the March has limited tickets available for audience members in financial need. Just email adriano@outsidethemarch.ca to request a single ticket, no questions asked. Or donate to the program “caffè sospeso”-style and give a stranger the gift of an evening at the theatre! Donate here.


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The Young Centre for the Performing Arts — 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

A blackly comic inversion of the public Disney persona.

The New York Times

Death of Walt Disney
2024-02-14T17:49:16+00:00

The New York Times

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CREATIVE TEAM

CAST
Diego Matamoros
Katherine Cullen
Tony Ofori
Anand Rajaram

CREATIVE TEAM
Director – Mitchell Cushman
Set Designer – Anahita Dehbonehie
Lighting Designer – Nick Blais
Sound Designer – Heidi Chan
Costume Designer – Niloufar Ziaee
Assistant Director – Lucy Coren*
Production Manager – Tori Morrison
Technical Director – James McCoy
Stage Manager – Jeff Soucy
*Supported by the Metcalf Foundation’s Performing Arts Internship

FOR OUTSIDE THE MARCH
Producer – Adriano Sobretodo Jr.
Associate Producer – Laura McCallum
Marketing Producer – Griffin McInnes
Marketing Associate – John Wamsley
Publicity – Suzanne Cheriton & Red Eye Media
Audience Concierge – Sébastien Heins
Poster Illustration – Chloe Cushman
Marketing Graphic Design – Jared Olsever
Communications Designer – Allie Wood

Design concept developed in partnership with Humber College’s Theatre Arts Technical Production Program:
Humber Artistic Accomplice – Spencer Allder
Humber Artistic Accomplice – Saskia Muller
Humber Artistic Accomplice – Lili Robinson
Humber Artistic Accomplice – Alexia Vassos

PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS

OtM LEAD PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS
Laura Dinner and Richard Rooney

OtM LEADING SEASON SUPPORTERS
Sandra Pitblado and Jim Pitblado
David Daniels and Kate Alexander Daniels
Josh Hellyer & Audrey S. Hellyer Family Foundation
Andrew Cumming and Hillary Cumming
The Stanley Shalom Zielony Foundation
Bulmash-Siegel Foundation
Emerald Foundation

OtM SUPPORTERS
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
Government of Canada
Metcalf Foundation
Hilary & Galen Weston Foundation
Rama Gaming House and Charitable Gaming
TD Ready Commitment
Koskie Minsky

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