Audio Book Capturing L.A. Reading of 8, With George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Chris Colfer, Released June 1

By Adam Hetrick
01 Jun 2012

George Clooney
George Clooney

The Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black's 8, featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch, is released on audio book June 1.

The audio book, which captures the live L.A. performance that took place March 3 under the direction of Rob Reiner, is available digitally and on CD.

L.A. Theatre Works will also broadcast the starry presentation of the drama that traces the Prop 8 court battle June 10 from 8-10 PM on 90.7 FM KPFK as part of Gay Pride month. The play will also be streamed on demand at LATW.org.

The broadcast and audio releases also include interviews with lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson, who led the charge against Prop 8.



Academy Award-winning "Milk" screenwriter Black authored the play that utilizes the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which sought to overturn the 2008 voter-approved Prop. 8 legislation that denied same-sex couples the right to marry. The trial ultimately led to a California federal judge's ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

The presentation, which raised over $2 million for marriage equality, was also live streamed on Youtube.

The cast is led by Golden Globe Award winner and Academy and Emmy Award nominee Brad Pitt as United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who found Proposition 8 unconstitutional after presiding over the historic 12-day public trial; Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy, and Award nominee George Clooney and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen as Plaintiffs' lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the renowned attorneys who notably faced-off in Bush v. Gore.

Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Christine Lahti and Golden Globe Award winner Jamie Lee Curtis star as plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for 11 years and the parents of four boys. Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison and acclaimed "White Collar" television star Matt Bomer play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together over ten years.

Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Kevin Bacon plays Charles J. Cooper, the lead attorney for the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch stars as prominent opponent of marriage equality Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominee John C. Reilly plays David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values.

Additional roles are played by Emmy Award-winning journalist Campbell Brown; Golden Globe Award winner, SAG and Emmy Award nominee Chris Colfer; Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson; prominent gay rights activist Cleve Jones; Tony Award nominee Rory O’Malley; acclaimed Star Trek television and film star George Takei; Emmy Award winner Yeardley Smith; and Vanessa Garcia, Jansen Panettiere, James Pickens, Jr. and Bridger Zadina.

8theplay.com.