Directed by Michael Allen, the 7:30 PM reading will feature Roscoe Orman ("Sesame Street") as Ted Olson, co-counsel for the plaintiffs; Jamie LaVerdiere (The Producers, The Pirate Queen) as David Boies, co-counsel for the plaintiffs; Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can) as plaintiff Kris Perry; and MSU president Susan A. Cole as Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled in 2010 that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
Jeff Zarrillo, one of the four plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial and a graduate of MSU, will participate in a question-and-answer panel discussion after the performance, which is moderated by two-time Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hair).
Written by Academy Award-winning "Milk" screenwriter Black, the play is based on the trial transcript, first-hand observations of the courtroom proceedings and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. 8 was first performed in New York City in September 2011 and premiered in L.A. earlier this month in a star-studded production that included George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Other members of the creative team include projection designer Steve McCarthy, lighting designer Benjamin Lawrence and production stage manager Lauren Pennington. 8 is produced by Patrick King and the University's Office of Equity and Diversity.
For more information and tickets, visit http://msu8theplay.eventsbot.com/.