Dustin Lance Black’s “8”, a play based on the law that stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the right to marry, has been confirmed for 278 readings around the country and the world, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
“With 278 confirmed productions—including the all-star premieres on Broadway and in Los Angeles, and international performances in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—and many more expected with the script available in Spanish, people around the world will be able to witness truth and justice prevail over prejudice and fear, ” said Adam Umhoefer, AFER’s executive director
The play is based on the is true-life account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown).
Screenwriter Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning film “Milk” and the film “J. Edgar,” based "8" on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
"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 Dustin Lance Black in a statement.
The play had its West Coast premiere reading on March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The production featured an all-star cast that included Brad Pitt as United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker; George Clooney and Martin Sheen as Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson.
People in South Florida will get to relive those moments, feel the pain of old wounds, and ponder on the future when “8” comes to Lake Worth on Sept. 14. This one-night-only reading will take place at the Lake Worth Playhouse, which is partnering with LGBT organization Compass for the play.
"It's a piece of one of the most important issues that everyone needs to hear. I want in my lifetime to celebrate with my family and friends that everyone has the right to marry the person they love. That the Lake Worth Playhouse can be a part of that is very special to me,” said Jodie Dixon-Mears, artistic director at the Lake Worth Playhouse.
All the proceeds from this event will go to the Lake Worth Playhouse, Compass and the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
SFGN’s editor in chief, Jason Parsley, will also be acting in “8.”
What: One-night-only reading of “8”
When: Sept. 14, 8 p.m.
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse. 713 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, Fla. 33460
Price: $40 per ticket.
To purchase tickets, visit lakeworthplayhouse.org or call the box office at 561-586-6410.
WATCH: The trailer of “8”