The surprise all-star cast to be announced via Twitter
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 3, 2012--
New York Times and Film Independent will co-present the New York
City debut of director Jason Reitman’s hit performance series “Live
Read.” An instant sell-out series in Los Angeles, Live Read will
premiere in New York at The TimesCenter on Friday evening, April 27,
with a live, on-stage reading by an ensemble cast of the beloved 1960
comedy classic “The Apartment,” written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L.
Diamond. Mr. Reitman will announce casting updates in the coming weeks
on his Twitter account, @JasonReitman.
Live Read has provided audiences at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA) the unique opportunity to be in the room as a high-profile cast
selected by Mr. Reitman reads together a famous script for the first
time – inhabiting a role, and reacting to one another and classic
material, on the spot – since October 2011.
The series, created by Mr. Reitman, was originated in partnership by the
non-profit Film Independent and LACMA as part of the monthly “Film
Independent at LACMA” series presented by The New York Times. The
project was spearheaded by Elvis Mitchell, curator for Film Independent
at LACMA and former New York Times film critic.
Six Live Reads have been produced in Los Angeles to date: “The Breakfast
Club,” “The Apartment,” “The Princess Bride,” “Shampoo,” “Reservoir
Dogs” and “The Big Lebowski.”
“We’re thrilled Live Read will be making its New York debut here at The
TimesCenter,” said Yasmin Namini, senior vice president of circulation
and marketing, and general manager of reader applications, The New York
Times. “Jason Reitman has created a cultural phenomenon that New York is
sure to embrace.”
“I’d done table reads for my own screenplays, and I always thought they
were so much fun,” said Reitman, director, whose films include “Young
Adult,” “Juno” and “Up in the Air.” “Why couldn’t we do these for other
classic screenplays and bring them to life? You can experience live
theater, where you get to see plays produced by different directors and
different casts, but there’s really nothing like that for movie scripts.”
The exclusive event will be tweeted live from The TimesCenter
@TimesTalks, hashtag #liveread.
The New York Live Read will take place Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET
at The TimesCenter. The TimesCenter is located at 242 W. 41st
Tickets for this event are now on sale. For more information and to
purchase tickets, please go to www.NYTLiveRead.com.
The New York Times is a presenting sponsor of the Film Independent at
LACMA film series, which merges Film Independent’s large community of
filmmakers and wide spectrum of audiences with LACMA’s commitment to
presenting cinema in an artistic and historical context.
About The New York Times Company
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About Film Independent
Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions
independent film and supports a community of artists who embody
diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps
filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and
works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of
Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an
inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity,
gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can
become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or
a film lover.
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Source: The New York Times Company
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Stephanie Yera, 212-556-1957