Though “The Interview” will not hit movie theaters on Christmas Day, New York’s Treehouse Theater has announced that it will present a live reading of the movie’s script just two days later.
The free event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the theater in midtown.
“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,” reads the theater’s announcement for the event.
“In response to this, three comedians have acquired a draft of the script for the banned film and are producing a live-read at the Treehouse Theater on Saturday, December 27th at 7pm. Featuring some of the finest performers from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater, this is an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it.”
The script to be read in the live read is “close to the final version,” according to the announcement. Dave Hensley, Sean Perrotta and Benny Scheckner will produce the event. “They are New York City comedians who feel very strongly about bringing this film to you by whatever means necessary,” reads the announcement.
Last week, Sony decided to pull the release of the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy following threats from hackers on theaters that show the movie.
The live read will be followed by a comedy show benefiting Human Rights Watch titled “F— You Kim Jong-un!”