The Theater Project Presents Staged Reading of Marriage Equality Play “8” for One Night Only on Friday, November 16.
Monday, October 22, 2012 • 6:01pm
It took the issue of marriage equality to get attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson working on the same side of a legal case. In 2000, when the United States Supreme Court had in effect to decide whether George W. Bush or Al Gore would become President, Boies represented Gore and Olson represented Bush. Now the one-time adversaries have been working together in a successful legal challenge to California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.
The reading will be followed by a talk back at which audience members will be able to discuss the issues illuminated by "8" with marriage equality activists.
“8” had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City, a production which brought in over $1 million to support AFER’s efforts to achieve full federal marriage equality. “8” had its West Coast premiere reading in March in Los Angeles. The reading featured an all-star cast led by Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy and Emmy Award-nominee Brad Pitt, Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee George Clooney and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Martin Sheen The benefit reading, directed by AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner, raised more than $2 million.
The story for “8” is framed by the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, and features the best arguments and testimony from both sides. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw-dropping moments of trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 8 supporters’ star witness, David Blankenhorn, that “we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before.”
“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,” said playwright Dustin Lance Black. “The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. AFER and Broadway Impact are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”
On February 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision upholding the historic August 2010 ruling of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit concluded