San Diego Reading of 8 to Feature Richard Dreyfuss, Lance Bass, Bruce Vilanch and More

By Adam Hetrick
November 5, 2012

Richard Dreyfuss, Lance Bass, Bruce Vilanch and Annette O'Toole will be part of a Nov. 19 San Diego reading of Academy Award-winning "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's stage drama 8, chronicling California's anti-gay marriage legislation Prop 8.



Brian Wells will direct the production that will take place at 7:30 PM at the Birch North Park Theatre. Also participating will be San Diego City councilman Todd Gloria, Steve Gunderson, Ryan Rottman and Lisa Sanders.

A talkback with Black and San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders will follow the performance.

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.

8 continues to roll out in productions across the country, at colleges, universities and theatre organizations. The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact administer the rights to 8, which is licensed royalty free.

For tickets, ranging $19.50-$75 (VIP), phone (619) 239-8836 or visit BirchNorthParkTheatre.net.