Dustin Lance Black’s Gay Marriage Play ‘8’ Hits South Florida

Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the right to marry, shocked many in the LGBT community. People will get to relive those moments, feel the pain of old wounds, and ponder on the future when “8,” a poignant play about the court’s decision on gay rights, comes to Lake Worth on Sept. 14.

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 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."

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.

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