A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney - a play!

Los Angeles, California | Theatre

Experimental, Satire

This Is A Front Theatre

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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"You can't just let nature run wild." - Walt Disney. Maybe.

About The Project

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Mission Statement

Join this team of everyday people looking at the impulses behind the decisions powerful men make about our world. We are a collection of young artists of diverse racial, working class, and/or queer backgrounds working to bring this conversation and some magic to LA.

The Story

How much can you control your world? Well, you don’t have to think about it if you just build your own, right?

This production invites you to take a seat at the table to hear Walt’s vision - for his movies, for his city, for his life. For this screenplay he’s written! His family will be there and they think he’s brilliant. You will be so happy you came to be part of something so real and important. There will be no accidents and no reminders that he’s going to die. Ever.




Originally premiering Off-Broadway at Soho Rep in New York, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney is a play written by Obie Award-winner Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2; Dana H.; The Christians). This production is directed by Brian Eckert and produced with Sidne Phillips, and employs non-traditional casting in regards to age, race, and gender.


This is a play about our world, and the men who erect new ones - the Elons, the Marks, the Jeffs. The Walts. It is vital to us to make this examination as a team of diverse young artists impacted by the decisions these men have made and continue to make.


Brian & Sidne are friends and roommates who met a year ago after Brian's solo trek to LA from the East Coast. This is a play Brian (Director/Producer) felt instantly compelled by from his first encounter: the way it toys with our vision of this American icon; its questions about progress, nature, and control; and the humor! Yet, he didn’t feel his production of this play would fit within the moment and community found in New York when he first read it 6 years ago.

Enter: Los Angeles, 2023. With its proximity to both Disneyland and the Burbank studios, an exciting geographical context for this play about Walt Disney. Its proximity to Hollywood and the Silicon Valley, places where our futures are manufactured daily. And, not least of all, its proximity to Sidne (Producer)! Together, Sidne and Brian hope this play speaks to the country we are in now - one in reflection about the exercise of trust in our authorities and systems. And one where the fight for a better world is life or death and too often comical!


We need you to make this project happen. We are currently in early rehearsals for our production slated to perform in January 2023. In order for us to get across the finish line at the Zephyr Theater, we need to raise at least our goal listed here. The rest of our production costs are expected to be covered by ticket prices, but if we are able to meet and surpass our goal on Seed & Spark, we will be able to increase our production value, pay our artists a higher stipend, and reimburse our production team for the material costs they incur. 

Please give any amount you can to help us out. No amount is too little, and we are offering exciting incentives to contributors from all sizes of bank accounts! The holidays are here - so if you’re in the spirit of giving to young artists, or shopping for a loved one, we would appreciate your generosity. Don’t see something you’d like on our incentives list? Contact Producer Sidne Phillips to see if we can offer you something similar to what is offered at the same giving level. 

See you at the table! 


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About This Team

Brian Eckert (Director/Producer) is a director and adapter of plays and musicals in pursuit of weaving together the logical with the lyrical. Motivated by his childhood in poverty, Brian creates theater to understand how the systems we create and put trust in impact us. His work has been shown at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York, Two River Theater, and on Fast Radio Burst!, an audio play podcast. Brian is a frequent associate to director Sarna Lapine and others, including the legendary Graciela Daniele and Ruben Santiago-Hudson. He has worked Off-Broadway and regionally at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, New York City Center, and Two River Theater. BFA: NYU. brianeckertdirector.com

Sidne Phillips
(Producer), a multi-hyphenate creative, is thrilled to be a part of this production. Based in Los Angeles for ten years and a proud USC Trojan, she has made a name for herself in the acting, writing, and now producing spheres of entertainment. When she is not collaborating with peers and professionals in various artistic endeavors, you can catch her on Instagram @wordsnwines pairing her favorite books with her favorite wines. 

Jimmy Mura
(Production Manager) is a producer, sound designer, and musician. Recent work includes the American premiere of the West End hit “The Grinning Man,” “The Last Supper and Three Years Later” at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and the radio play "Testing Dunleavy-Grove" with the Fast Radio Burst! podcast. He is the composer and lyricist of the musical “Love-Letter-For-You.TXT,” currently in development. He attended Marymount Manhattan College where he left with a BA in Theatre Studies with a concentration in directing. jimmymura.com

Joshua Moreno
(Production Designer) is a visual and event designer and carpenter. Past theatrical credits include "The Last Supper and Three Years Later" (Strasberg Institute, New York). During the pandemic he started his own business taking custom furniture commissions from clients all over the country. You can find some of his work on Instagram @reclaimedbyjoshua


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