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Kate Moennig Joins Ellen Page's Queer, All-Female Casablanca Reading

Kate Moennig

Ellen Page’s super-queer, all-female Casablanca just keeps getting more enticing. Last week it was announced that Page would step into the Humphrey Bogart role of Rick while Kiersey Clemons would play opposite Page as Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in a staged reading. Now Ray Donovan's Kate Moennig, who, as Shane, made a generation (or two) of The L Word's fans swoon, will join the one-night only performance at Los Angeles’s Ace Hotel on Thursday.

Moennig announced she would be joining the event via Instagram without specifying which role she’ll play. But considering the already stellar cast, it’s all just icing on the Casablanca cake.


The performance based on Michael Curtiz's classic 1942 film is part of an ongoing collaboration between Page and her Juno director, Jason Reitman, who has previously staged an all-female reading of Glengarry Glen Ross and a performance of Reservoir Dogs starring only people of color.

In addition to Page, who announced she was gay during a speech in 2014, and Clemons, who recently starred in the sweet queer-themed indie Hearts Beat Loud and who has identified as queer since very early in her career, the previously announced cast members are all a part of the LGBTQ community — the one exception being the stalwart ally Olivia Wilde. 

Remaining cast members include comedian Hannah Gadsby, whose visceral Netflix special Nanette cemented her as one of the most important voices in years. She’s set to play the Vichy law enforcement officer Captain Renault. Meanwhile, Schitt’s Creek’s Emily Hampshire, who recently asked her girlfriend Teddy Geiger to marry her, will play Ugarte, the part that Peter Lorre played in the 1942 masterpiece. Finally, Pose sensation Indya Moore is slated to play the critical role of Carl the waiter, who comes to Rick’s aid at several points.

The staged reading of Casablanca will take place Thursday at Los Angeles’s Ace Hotel

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