A promo of Dustin Lance Black’s “8,” a play based on California’s landmark and ongoing Proposition 8 same-sex marriage trial, has been released.
The promo, sporting on a star filled cast including Ellen Barkin, Matt Bomer, Morgan Freeman, Cheyenne Jackson, and Larry Kramer, shows highlights from the play as staged last year.
Readers may be interested to know that the script was adapted from actual court transcripts and also includes information garnered from interviews with the plaintiffs.
Watch the video below:
It has now been announced that the play, from which all proceeds went to the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a group that has supported Plaintiffs in this case, will be staged throughout America.
Throughout 2012, AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing “8″ for free to colleges and community theatres nationwide in order to spur action, dialogue and understanding.
Most productions will be followed by a talkback where cast and audience members can discuss the issues presented in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial.
“This play will continue to show Americans–one by one–that prejudice and fear cannot stand up to truth and justice,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin.
“Try as they might, the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8 cannot hide their discriminatory arguments from the American people.
Until every citizen can equally enjoy the freedom to marry, AFER will continue to fight in the courts of law and the court of public opinion–and we will win.”
This comes ahead of several stagings, including one at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, on February 10, and a March 3 staging in Los Angeles, CA, the latter of which will star actor George Clooney.
In terms of Proposition 8 itself, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may any day now hand down its decision on the constitutionality of the gay marriage ban.
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