By Adam Hetrick
07 Oct 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Black, who earned an Oscar for the screenplay to "Milk," is joined by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor ("The Practice," "Two and a Half Men"), Luke Macfarlane ("Brothers & Sisters"), Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez, California Shakespeare Theater artistic director Jonathan Moscone, San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano, and LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones.
Mark Rucker directs the 7 PM reading.
8, which premiered on Broadway in 2011 with an all-star cast, 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.
Proceeds from the reading benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth participating in A.C.T.'s ACTsmart program, which offers free student matinee tickets and theatre-based workshops at no cost to 23 public high schools in the Bay Area.
Tickets range in price from $50 to $100. A limited number of $250 seats are available and include premium seating and access to a post-performance reception with the cast. For tickets visit act-sf.org or phone (415) 749-2228.