Book of Mormon's Rory O'Malley Set for 8 Reading in Pittsburgh

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29 Aug 2012

Tony Award-nominated Book of Mormon star Rory O'Malley will take part in a one-night-only reading of Dustin Lance Black's gay marriage docu-drama 8 on Sept. 10 at Carnegie Mellon University.

O'Malley is a CMU alumnus and also a founder of Broadway Impact, a marriage equality non-profit which licenses the rights to 8 for free to organizations across the country. He will portray Ted Olson, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, in the 7 PM free reading.

Jenny Kanelos will join O'Malley and other cast members for a Q&A session following the presentation in the University Center's McConomy Auditorium.

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.

According to CMU, students may obtain two tickets per person with a valid CMU ID, and the public may obtain one per person. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the University Center Information Desk.



For more information on the Carnegie Mellon performance, visit cmu.edu/drama or phone (412) 268-1209.