Actor Ellen Page is doing a gay version of Casablanca for a live-reading of the classic in downtown Los Angeles. The classic film will be reimagined with a queer, diverse female cast in a table reading directed by Jason Reitman, the director of Juno.
“Live Read of Casablanca (1942),” which will take place at the Ace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles December 13, will benefit LGBTQ grassroots activists through the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.
Tickets for the one-night only performance, ranging from $30 to $150, are on sale.
“ ‘Casablanca is such an iconic film and screenplay with some of the most famous lines in film history,” Page said in a telephone interview with Q Voice News Tuesday.
“It’s also one of the most iconic romance movies. We wanted to show a more inclusive cast. We will have a queer and female cast,” said Page, who identifies as a lesbian and came out in 2014 at an LGBTQ youth conference in Las Vegas.
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