Dustin Lance Black’s “8” came and went from Los Angeles in a flash. But it has left quite an impact.
The star studded reading of the play about overturning Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, featured as many famous faces in the audience as in the production. Yet while Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen and Matthew Morrison excelled on stage and Barbra Streisand, Sally Field and the like put a lot of attention in the audience, no one stole the attention away from the important elephant in the room: Prop. 8 lost due to prejudice and fear.
“8” does for gay hate and bigotry that “Inherit the Wind” did for communism. To experience the reading of the play, taken from the actual court transcripts, absolutely blows you away. Not just because actors like Sheen feel the prose he presents, but we’re finally allowed to hear the transcripts from one of the most important trails of our time.
And, unlike during the recent New York presentation that Progressive Pulse previously reported, the Los Angeles reading was also broadcast live on YouTube and seen by over 200,000 people. The good thing about YouTube, you can see it again. In fact, another 470,000 people have already viewed it this week. It’s truly an amazing way to utilize multi- and social media as it can reach a wider audience than it would have if it was merely a play.
Educate yourself, spread the word and check it out for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?src_vid=DcGbPqRqS8o&annotation_id=annotation_563213&v=qlUG8F9uVgM&feature=iv#t=29m51s
Don’t stop there. You can also inform your community by presenting the show live in your own area theatre. Broadway Impact and American Foundation of Equal Rights are licensing and coordinating staged readings FOR FREE of “8” to university, community and regional theatres around the country. To find out more, go to www.8theplay.com.