Amphibian to Present Final Reading of 2014 Season, 'DEATH OF WALT DISNEY', 12/7-8

Amphibian Stage Productions opens its final staged reading of the 2014 season, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath, this Sunday, kicking off a two-performance run of the play. Greg Holt, Seth Johnston, Jenna Meador and Matthew Minor star in this infectious comedy running Sunday, December 7 and Monday, December 8 at the Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre at Amphibian Stage Productions.

Mary Kate Burke (Director) is currently the Director of Programming at The New York Musical Theatre Festival where she has championed writers such as Eli Bolin, Natalie Joy Johnson and Douglas Cohen. She forged a relationship with Steel Spring Stage Rights to create an annual licensing award and introduced the first ever partnership between TDF's Autism Friendly Performance Series and a Festival. As a director, she has directed shows at 59E59th, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Flea, HERE, NOVA and EST's Octoberfest. Regionally she has directed at Interlakes Theatre, ReVision Theatre and Amphibian Stage Productions, where her production of Fiction was hailed as one of the top 10 Shows in Dallas for the 2013 season. She frequently works at NYU with both their MFA and BFA writing students.

Greg Holt (Walt Disney) is making his Amphibian Stage Productions debut. Most recently he played Ferris Layman in The Diviners for Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and William Gillette in The Game's Afoot at WaterTower Theatre in Addison. Prior to coming to the DFW area a year ago Greg worked in Austin, where he played the title role in Macbeth, the Duke in Measure for Measure, LeBret in Cyrano de Bergerac at Mary Moody Northern Theatre, Marvin Hudgens in Dark of the Moon at State Theatre, and Gus/Anton/Porter/Wheels in Pride's Crossing at Zachary Scott Theatre Center. He is also an accomplished singer and has played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire, Tommy in Brigadoon at Cherry County Playhouse in Michigan and Georg in She Loves Me at Live Oak Theatre in Austin, for which he won the Austin Critics' Table Award.

Seth Johnston (Roy) will make his debut at Amphibian Stage Productions. While he has worked across the bridge at Contemporary Theatre Dallas and WaterTower Theatre; most of his work has been in Tarrant County. Some of the theatres are Hip Pocket, Circle, Stolen Shakespeare Guild. He has played Deeley in Old Times, Rev. Eddie in Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends and Estragon in Waiting for Godot at Arts Fifth Avenue.

Jenna Meador (Daughter) is a December graduate at Texas Christian University where she is earning her degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Minor in Theatre. She has recently appeared as a dancer in Thoroughly Modern Millie with Prism Theatrics and was a featured vocalist in the Festival of American Song: All Star Concert featuring music by Ricky Ian Gordon. A few Theatre TCU theatre credits include Ilse in Spring Awakening and Woman 1 in Closer Than Ever and Pinhead in The Elephant Man. Other regional credits include Parmalee in Texas the Musical in the Palo Duro Canyon and Dorine in La Bete with Theatre Three, Dallas.

Matthew Minor (Son) is Fort Worth native, now living in New York. This is his first appearance on a Texas stage in 10 years. DFW audiences may remember him as Benjie in Summer of '42 at Casa Mañana, their inaugural production after converting from the round. Select stage credits include: Bear in White People at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lexy in Candida at Pittsburgh Public, Piggy in Lord of the Flies at Barrington Stage, and Ellard in The Foreigner at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Next he will be seen onscreen as Sam in the feature film The Preppie Connection, written by Pulitzer Prize recipient Ayad Akhtar. Graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse and member of both AEA and the Drama Desk Award-winning Godlight Theatre Company.

About the Play - Walt Disney is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. A screenplay about a city he's going to build that will change the world. A screenplay about his vision and those who stand in its way. A screenplay about his last days on earth. In Lucas Hnath's searing portrayal of the filmmaking legend, the dark side of Disney emerges as we see the true price of achieving the American Dream.

A Public Reading of an Uproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney will be performed on Sunday, December 7 at 2pm and on Monday, December 8 at 7pm at Amphibian Stage Productions. Tickets for A Public Reading of an Uproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $7 for students. For tickets and more information, theatergoers may call 817-923-3012, email boxoffice@amphibianproductions.org, or visit www.amphibianproductions.org. The theater is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.

About Amphibian Stage Productions - Amphibian Stage Productions is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU's Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging works of theatre that challenge the way we see the world around us. Now in its fifteenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts.

Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, a summer acting workshop for teens, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, which is steadily increasing the company's visibility and following. The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance.



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