Live Read: Sunset Boulevard


Live Read: Sunset Boulevard

The pictures may have gotten small but, after 70 years, this indelible classic about the dark price of Hollywood fame and fortune, and the cost of what and who our industry leaves behind as it evolves, will be anything but as we re-stage Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard for the 21st Century in a Live Read that will not only upend how we’ve traditionally enjoyed its memorable characters come to life, but also how we see, hear and experience its quotable script. Guest directed by Oscar® winner Marlee Matlin, with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors to be announced, this Live Read will be the first to include visual and audible language.

Attending Arts Circle Members are invited to join us for an intimate post-reception in The Wallis Wells Family Education Courtyard from 4:30–7:30 pm, after the show.


Troy Kotsur – Joe Gillis
Marque Richardson – Voice of Joe Gillis

Marlee Matlin – Norma Desmond
Wendi Malick – Voice of Norma Desmond

Daniel Durant – Max Von Mayerling
Rafael Cibrian – Voice of Max Von Mayerling

John Maucere – Artie Green
John Mese – Voice of Artie Green

Shoshannah Stern – Sheldrake
Samira Wiley – Voice of Sheldrake

Michael Spady – Betty Schaefer
Tia Carrere – Voice of Betty Schaefer

Harry Ford – Narrator/Joe Gillis
Jon Wolfe Nelson – Narrator
About Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God, a performance the film community chose to recognize with its highest honor – the Academy Award® for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar® and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. In addition to the Oscar®, Matlin was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Drama.

Matlin has been instrumental in many activities that are aiding the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. This is the first year that all Academy screeners will have closed captions. She helped get legislation passed that mandated ASL interpreters be present at all COVID-19 press conferences. She also organized a PSA that included leaders in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community that aided the millions Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans in accessing resources on how to vote in the past elections.

CODA, starring Matlin, is now available on Apple TV+.

Sunset Boulevard script graciously donated by Paramount Pictures.


$30 for Film Independent Members, $40 for the general public. Proof of Member status is required to reserve tickets at the Member price; limit two tickets per order.

Members and the general public may purchase tickets starting at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 2.


Tickets may be purchased in person, over the phone, or directly through The Wallis website below:

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Safety/Event Policies

Upon entry on The Wallis’ campus (indoor or outdoor), all audience members for any programming will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the performance date.

All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to properly wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth upon entering The Wallis’ indoor and outdoor spaces, for the duration of their visit. The Wallis’ health and safety protocols are also subject to change at the venue’s sole discretion, or in accordance with LA County and City of Beverly Hills regulations.

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.

Attendees must follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of written policies and/or staff instructions may result in removal from the venue and/or suspension or termination of Membership/access to future events.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.


Wheelchair seating is available at all levels. Please be sure to mention your needs when purchasing tickets to allow an appropriate location to be reserved for you.

If you have already purchased your tickets but need assistance, please contact The Wallis Ticket Services at 310-746-4000 for personal assistance.


Parking is available in the underground garage (450 N. Crescent Dr.) with entrances on Crescent Dr. and S. Santa Monica Blvd.

$5 flat rate before 6:00 pm; $8 flat rate after 6:00 pm

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