Jones, Bikel, Cromwell Join Los Angeles Reading of "Casablanca," April 3

News   Jones, Bikel, Cromwell Join Los Angeles Reading of "Casablanca," April 3 Actors Tommy Lee Jones, Theodore Bikel, James Cromwell and Eric Szmanda have joined the cast of the upcoming Actors' Fund of America presentations of the landmark Warner Bros. screenplay "Casablanca" in Los Angeles.

Following the acclaimed readings of "All About Eve" and "Sunset Boulevard," the company now presents the David Rambo adaptation of the classic film, April 3 at 4 PM in the Pantages Theatre.

Peter Hunt will direct the reading of the new stage take on the screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. More casting will be announced shortly.

Jones (A Patriot for Me, True West, "The Fugitive," "Men in Black") will take on the role (made famous by Humphrey Bogart) of Rick Blaine, Bikel (The Sound of Music, "The Defiant Ones") plays Carl, Cromwell (Hamlet, "Angels in America," "L.A. Confidential") will be Major Strasser and Eric Szmanda ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") portrays Jan Brandel.

The Morocco-set story of "Casablanca" follows the chance meeting of an American exile night club owner and his former love at the titular gateway city during World War II. The film — starring Bogart and Ingrid Bergman — won 1944 Academy Awards for Best Director (Michael Curtiz), Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis) and Best Writing (Epstein, Epstein and Koch).

The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. For more information, visit www.actorsfund.org. The Pantages Theater is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets, priced $28 $153, will be available through The Actors’ Fund by calling (323) 933 9244, ext. 54 or 35. Sponsorship/VIP packages, priced $250-$25,000, are also available.

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