Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Christine Lahti Do “8″

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.

Wow, what’s next, blaming gays for hurricanes? Oh wait the heterosexual Rick Perry’s buddy/partner in Jesuspalooza, James Hagee has already done that.

8 will also be staged at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwest, and the University of Michigan.

[Thanks, Pam Spaulding for FB tip; h/t OnTopMagazine]

photo: creative commons, Mary McTavish

15 Responses to "Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Christine Lahti Do “8″"
Teddy Partridge | Monday August 22, 2011 01:24 pm 1

I wonder if Rob Reiner is going to play a certain heavyset bearded liveblogger upstairs in the ceremonial courtroom….

Teddy Partridge | Monday August 22, 2011 01:26 pm 2

I did actually chat with Rob during one of the after-court press conferences, and he saw me challenge Andy Pugno, so he knows who I am. I can’t imagine who among the major players Rob could play, so it’s probably me he has in mind for his star turn.

Kelly Canfield | Monday August 22, 2011 01:31 pm 3
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 2

That would be just friggin AWESOME!

reader | Monday August 22, 2011 02:55 pm 4
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 1

Here’s hoping! *clapclapclap*

reader | Monday August 22, 2011 02:55 pm 5

Oh, and, Anthony Edwards, also. *swooooon*

bigbrother | Monday August 22, 2011 03:01 pm 6

Let’s see now…human rights are in the toilet. So gay rights have flushed long ago. You can’t have one without the other. there is a lot of work to be done.

PeasantParty | Monday August 22, 2011 03:27 pm 7

Great News!

Can’t come soon enough.

Lisa Derrick | Monday August 22, 2011 03:30 pm 8

I hope it comes to LA and SF!

Denn | Monday August 22, 2011 03:42 pm 9

I never cease to be amused by the over-the-top projection exhibited by the righties. Think about it, half the men in the R party are in the closet, and the straight half fantasize about being in a lesbian sandwich; one should expect them to be enthusiastic advocates of equal rights. But no… Mrs. Denn and I will be just as happy with our traditional mixed marriage if gays are allowed the same rights; I fail to see how it can be devalued by becoming more inclusive. Is it still the American Dream if not available to all?

Phoenix Woman | Monday August 22, 2011 04:48 pm 10
In response to Denn @ 9

They operate on a variant of Prison (aka Ancient Greek) Morality: Being the penetrator is desirable, being the penetrated is not, to the point that, like ancient Greece, citizenship is denied to the penetrated of either sex.

mzchief | Monday August 22, 2011 05:25 pm 11
In response to Denn @ 9

It’s time for an upgrade on the “American Dream”: “Believe” – Elton John (New York City, 1995)

Peterr | Monday August 22, 2011 06:25 pm 12
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 2

Teddy, any chance you could talk to someone at the Eugene O’Neil Theater/AFER and liveblog the show?

DonWilliams | Tuesday August 23, 2011 08:57 pm 13

Did I step into a time warp? It is 2008?

Denn | Wednesday August 24, 2011 10:16 am 14
In response to DonWilliams @ 13

The Teabaggers want to take the us back…but to 1008.

DonWilliams | Wednesday August 24, 2011 05:23 pm 15
In response to Denn @ 14

Denn, your homophobic “teabagger” slur does not help your cause.

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