“8” The New Play by Dustin Lance Black Gives Audiences a Front Row Seat to the Federal Constitutionality of Proposition 8

8On September 19th a stage reading of the new play, “8” written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Joe Mantello brought to life last year’s federal court hearings where two couples, Sandy Stier & Kristin Perry and Jeff Zarrillo & Paul Katami, filed suit against Proposition 8 in Federal Court. Representing them were Ted Olson and David Boies (Bush v. Gore). The twelve day testimony was going to be broadcast, but opponents of marriage equality filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, which blocked plans to broadcast the proceedings. Black is a founding member of AFER (The American Foundation For Equal Rights) which also includes Bruce Cohen, Chad H. Griffin, Jonathan D. Lewis, Kenneth B. Mehlman, Michele Reiner, Rob Reiner and Adam Umhoefer. The play will be licensed in universities and theaters across the country thanks to Broadway Impact with it’s first at the University of Michigan on November 19th. Watch the video coverage of the Stage Reading below which included an all star cast including: Ellen Barkin, Morgan Freeman, Matt Bomer, Anthony Edwards, Christine Lahti, Ken Leung, John Lithgow, Cheyenne Jackson, Jayne Houdyshell, Rob Reiner, Bradley Whitford, Yeardley Smith, Rory O’Malley, Ben Rosenfield, Jay Armstrong Johnson, K. Todd Freeman, Bob Balaban, Campbell Brown and Larry Kramer.