Howard, Rubinstein and York Join Actors' Fund "Casablanca" Benefit

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More stars have joined the cast of the Actors' Fund of America's upcoming benefit reading of Warner Bros. "Casablanca" screenplay.
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As of press time, the starry company — led by Christian Slater as Rick and Anne Heche as Ilsa — will now include Ian Abercrombie as Carl, Thora Birch as Anina Brandel, Dan Castellaneta as Ugarte, Bruce Davison as Emil, Andre De Shields as Sam, Henry Gibson as Berger, Suzanna Guzman as Yvonne, Edward Herrmann as Louis Renault, Ken Howard as Ferrari, Tom McGowan as Heinze, John Rubinstein as Victor, Hal Sparks as Jan Brandel and Michael York as Strasser. The 4 PM reading on Oct. 2 will be held at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre. Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury will host a VIP ticket pre reception.

The reading of the screenplay — adapted by David Rambo — will benefit the Actors' Fund. "Casablanca" follows acclaimed readings of "All About Eve" and "Sunset Boulevard." Peter Hunt will direct the reading of the new stage take on the screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch.

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 Humphrey 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 Pantages Theater is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets, priced $28-$2,500, are available by visiting or by calling (323) 933-9244 for VIP tickets and (213) 365-3500 for non-VIP tickets.

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


The all-star reading of "Casablanca" was originally scheduled for May 1; due to changing production schedules of some of the reading's stars, it was rescheduled for Oct. 2.

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