'The Interview' To Get Live Reading at NYC Theater

Ed Araquel
'The Interview'

"This is an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it"

The Interview may not be in movie theaters on Christmas Day, but the screenplay for the James Franco-Seth Rogen film will be the basis for one live show at a New York City theater two days after Christmas.

Treehouse Theater is set to hold a live reading of The Interview on Saturday night. The theater's website indicates that the performance is designed to make a statement about self-expression.

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"In the wake of recent events surrounding the controversial film The Interview, the feeling that a threat to free speech has been imposed is inescapable and terrifying," the site's event listing reads. "This is an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it."

Treehouse's artistic director Rob Reese said Benny Scheckner, who originated the idea for this project, obtained a draft of the film's script and brought it to them, but he doesn't know how Scheckner obtained it.

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Scheckner will perform the live-reading along with fellow comedians Dave Hensley and Sean Perrotta. All three are affiliated with the Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Reese, who says he hasn't heard from Sony about Treehouse's plans for the live-reading, says the theater decided to present the event free of charge in order "to give as many people as possible a chance to see the show without having their First Amendment rights abridged."

The free show, which is slated to last two hours, will be followed by a comedy show to benefit the people of North Korea.

Sony did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

Dec. 22, 1:25 p.m. This story has been updated with additional information about the show from Treehouse Theater artistic director Rob Reese.

Dec. 22, 1:33 p.m. This story has been updated to add that Sony didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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