Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Join L.A. Reading of 8

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Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are among the actors who will join Academy Award winner George Clooney in the March 3 Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black's docudrama 8, according to the L.A. Times.

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As previously reported, Clooney ("The Descendants," "Syriana") will play David Boies, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which sought to overturn the voter-approved Prop 8 measure, denying same-sex couples the right to marry.

Rob Reiner will direct the staged reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. All proceeds from the reading will benefit efforts for marriage equality across the U.S.

Morrison ("Glee," Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza) will play plaintiff Paul Katami, with fellow "Glee" cast member Lynch as National Organization for Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher. Jamie Lee Curtis ("A Fish Called Wanda," "True Lies") is set to play plaintiff Sandy Stier.

The cast will also include Ferguson ("Modern Family," Spelling Bee), Christine Lahti, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Rory O'Malley and Cleve Jones, many of whom were part of the Broadway premiere of 8 in September 2011.

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.  

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