Star-Filled Cast in Prop 8 Play Promo (VIDEO)


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.

Via the AFER press release:

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.

You can find out more about “8″ at the website here.

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.


Related Reading:

California Supreme Court Hears Prop. 8 Standing Issue

Unsealing of Prop 8. Trial Tapes Gets Hearing

Prop. 8 Tapes Case May Itself be Recorded


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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago


Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago


Hillary K.
Hillary K6 years ago

I believe everyone regardless of sexual orientation, color, creed, deserves to enter into matrimony - if gay people want to be miserable like straights, let them ;)

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti6 years ago

Other than the fact that marriage brings legal benefits, I can't imagine why anyone would want or need it. But, hey, if someone wants marriage, they should be able to have it, regardless of same sex or whatever.

Mandi A.
Amanda A6 years ago


pam w.
pam w6 years ago

Joan, I think they DO fear equal rights for gays because, when it happens, it will prove them wrong--all those DIRE PREDICTIONS of SOCIAL COLLAPSE, etc will be shown to be just the silly, hate-filled smokescreen they always were.

pam w.
pam w6 years ago

Linda...I didn't express that well. They spoke from their TAX-FREE pulpits to encourage donations. You and I will never know from where that money actually came....will we?

Linda M.
Linda Manning6 years ago

Pam W. - The Mormon church did not use their tax-free dollars to encourage people to vote for Prop 8. Money was donated by individual members of the LDS church who pay taxes like everyone else.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

I am really impressed with Dustin Lance Black and his work.

Joan S.
JC S6 years ago

The more we are "out" there and the more Middle America gets to know us the further along we will be. I love this play and wish I could see the entire thing. I know it's being performed in LA soon with another cast including Jane Lynch. I'm thinking that the Religious Right fears us because they feel the need to have everyone believe what they believe and if we have equal rights they fear that we would make them all be Gay. Sure like that would ever happen. I continue to envision the world as a kinder gentler place with our souls open to all possibilities.