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Martin Sheen will read AA play live to benefit Geffen, Hazelden (Charlie, you listening?)

May 18, 2011 | 12:17 pm

Martin Sheen Didn't score a ticket to see Charlie Sheen live on his My Violent Torpedo of Truth / Defeat Is Not an Option Tour? Fear not: Martin Sheen is offering a palate-cleansing alternative with his own one-night live performance, to benefit the Geffen Playhouse and, deliciously, Hazelden, one of the granddaddies in the rehab game.

Even better? The play selected for papa Sheen's reading is "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," the story of two men whose friendship resulted in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that son Charlie has famously dismissed as a cult with a single-digit success rate.

"Bill W. and Dr. Bob" is set to return to the New York stage next year with a production supported by donations to Hazelden. Profits will be used to sponsor a national college tour of the show aimed at fighting binge drinking, and also to fund student "scholarships" for treatment at Hazelden.

The benefit performance, featuring a cast of six and a Q&A afterward with the playwrights, will be held at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. on June 27.

Martin Sheen, who has been sober for a couple of decades, has characterized his former sitcom star son as "emotionally crippled" by addiction. "When you're addicted," he told a British paper, "you don't grow emotionally."

Charlie, meanwhile, was sniffing around a Twitter solicitation late Tuesday to come speak to a sixth-period history class.


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Photo: Martin Sheen in L.A. in February 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times