Sony's theatrical release of
The reading, which is being mounted by a group of three New York-based producers and comedians, will be free to the public.
The Treehouse Theater, a relatively new stage company located near New York's Chelsea neighborhood, said on its website that the live reading will take place Saturday at 7 p.m.
"This is an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it," the theater company said.
The screenplay for "The Interview" was written by Dan Sterling, from a story by Sterling,
U.S. officials have blamed North Korea for the cyberattack on Sony, but the isolated Communist regime has formally denied responsibility.
The live reading in New York is being produced by comedians Dave Hensley, Sean Perrotta and Benny Scheckner. None of the movie's original cast is expected to reprise a role in the live event. The cast will consist of veterans of the
In a phone interview, Scheckner said that the idea for the live reading came about when he and the other producers were talking recently about the controversy at Sony.
"We were horrified by the complications this carries for free speech," Scheckner said. He added that they were able to download a version of the screenplay online. "It was not that hard to find."
The three producers have had no contact with Sony or the screenwriters. They were familiar with the Treehouse Theater because the stage company has produced improv and other comedy events.
"I thought it was a brilliant idea," Rob Reese, a theater director and artistic director of the Treehouse, said in a separate interview. He added that he had no hesitation about hosting the event.
The live reading will take place in a 50-seat space, and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.