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Manhattan's Treehouse Theater to do free reading of controversial film 'The Interview'

Diana Bang, as Sook, Seth Rogen, as Aaron,

Diana Bang, as Sook, Seth Rogen, as Aaron, and James Franco, as Dave, in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." Credit: AP / Columbia Pictures

A trio of performers will do a free reading of a draft script of "The Interview" Saturday at the Treehouse Theater in Manhattan.

"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," Treehouse Theater said on its website, referring to the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony pulled the film from distribution after theater chains declined to screen it, following terror threats from hackers the FBI says are affiliated with North Korea.

Produced by comedians Dave Hensley, Sean Perrotta and Benny Scheckner, who have studied at the Upright Citizen's Brigade, the reading features what Treehouse says is a script "close to the final version."

The two-hour, free show begins at 7 p.m. The theater is at 154 W. 29th Street.

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