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Dustin Lance Black's Star-Studded Prop 8 Play Opens March 3
Were you bummed that the transcripts of the 2010 Prop 8 trial were sealed? Did you want to rehash the events of the past few years surrounding the ban on gay marriage, but with better-looking people playing the lead roles? And do you have an extra $500-$250,000?
Well then, you are in luck, my friend! Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an academy award for "Milk," has written a play called "8," which will run for one night only on March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. George Clooney signed on to the cast last year, and joining him onstage will be Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and -- save the best for last! -- George Takei. The play is directed by Rob Reiner.
Black wrote the show using real transcripts from the trial, as well as observations of the trial and information gleaned from interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. Black is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group that brought the challenge to Prop 8 to federal district court in 2010.
If for some reason you don't have $500 to spend on the cheapest seats available for "8," here's a trailer of the play from its production on Broadway in September of last year.