Dustin Lance Black's 8 Will Be Staged at Intiman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and More
17 Jan 2012
Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black's gay marriage docudrama 8, which received a starry world-premiere staging on Broadway last September, is beginning to roll-out in communities across the U.S.
As previously reported, Academy Award winner George Clooney will star in the Los Angeles premiere of 8, under the direction of Rob Reiner, March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Academy Award-winning "Milk" screenwriter Black wrote the play that chronicles the reversal of California's anti-gay marriage legislation, Prop. 8. The case to overturn Prop 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, was not televised, and all video documentation has remained under a federal protective order. A judge ruled in September that all trial tapes must be made public. 8 incorporates transcripts from the trial and observations and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
Among the schools, universities and theatres producing 8 are El Camino Real High School (Sept. 14), the Intiman Theatre (June 4), The Williamstown Theatre Festival (TBA), Webster University (Jan. 30), Stanford University (March 5), Carnegie Mellon University (Sept. 10), the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Feb. 17), and Central Coast PFLAG (Oct. 19), in addition to a host of community and regional theatres. Click here for a list.
The creators of 8 provide the materials to local theatres, royalty free, to produce staged readings of the play. The American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact align to present the readings.
"People need to witness what happened in the Prop. 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter," Black said in a previous statement. "I've built my career around exposing and uncovering 'the real story.' The goal of 8 is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We at AFER are doing all we can to help speed that process along."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.