Written by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (J. Edgar, Milk) and directed by actor and director Rob Reiner, 8 is a stage adaptation of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark federal trial that overturned Proposition 8 – the constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s closing arguments in June 2010, this powerful account of the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) uses actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews to provide an intimate look at what unfolded in the U.S. District Court. The personal stories of the plaintiffs, witnesses, and their families’ struggles of living as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person in America add an emotional, honest quality to the play, which propels the all-important message of equality.
On Saturday, March 3, an all-star cast featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Jessica Tyler Ferguson, John C. Reilly, and others, joined together for a one-night-only benefit reading of “8” in support of AFER at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A.
You can replay the live stream of the production by screening the YouTube video above.
“We put fear and prejudice on trial, and fear and prejudice lost.“