Dustin Lance Black’s “8” is Coming to a Theatre Near You
If you missed the one-night debut of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8,” there is still hope. The American Foundation for Equal Rights and partner Broadway Impact are sponsoring more than 40 readings in 17 states.
“8” is based on the transcripts of the Perry v. Brown federal proceedings in which Judge Walker declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, though the decision is under appeal.
The showings of the play around the country is no coincidence. The sponsors and Black want to create awareness, specifically showing the play in states like Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, and North Carolina, where gay and lesbian marriage are in heavy debate.
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One of the first productions of “8” will be in New Hampshire where activists are fighting an attempt to repeal the state’s gay-marriage law. “8” will show at the University of New Hampshire in Durham will show on Feb. 7, and then three days later at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
Adam Umhoefer, the foundation’s project director, said the Broadway show and upcoming California counterpart help fund getting the play mounted around the country.
In places where there is specific action being taken — where marriage equality is going to become a reality or going to be prohibited legally, or perhaps, in the case of New Hampshire, repealed — that is a focus and where we want to make sure this play is seen and heard, said Umhoefer.
This Spring, the play will debut in Los Angles, with George Clooney leading the cast, playing attorney David Boies, along with Matt Bomer, star of the hit USA drama, White Collar, and Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Schuester on the popular show Glee, as plaintiffs.[TL]