Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 covering the Proposition 8 hearings and starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Edwards, Cheyenne Jackson, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and Marisa Tomei hits Broadway on September 19th in a one-time staged reading at the Eugene O’Neil Theater to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Tickets start at $500.
AFER was formed specifically to fund the legal challenge against Proposition 8. A previous fundraiser, featuring a full length concert with Elton John was held earlier this year in Los Angeles.
8 is based on the California Supreme Court trial transcripts, and Milk screenwriter Black, who spent six months writing the play, told the New York Times:
I mined the best arguments on both sides, trying to capture everything on their side that was a winning point and anything on our side that was a winning point.
Luckily Black didn’t have to deal with these kind of arguments found on Facebook.
8 will also be staged at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwest, and the University of Michigan.
photo: creative commons, Mary McTavish