Rush Tickets to Be Released for All-Star Broadway Reading of 8

News   Rush Tickets to Be Released for All-Star Broadway Reading of 8
Producers of the one-night-only Sept. 19 Broadway presentation of 8 are making a limited number of discount rush tickets available at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre box office the day of the performance. Dustin Lance Black's drama will feature Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Matt Bomer and Christine Lahti.

Beginning at 10 AM, a limited number of $40 rush tickets will go on sale for the evening performance of the drama that is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart). Rush tickets, which must be paid for in cash and are limited to two per individual, will be on sale through 6 PM while available.

Oscar-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. The trial ultimately led to a California federal judge's ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

The cast also features Bob Balaban, Campbell Brown, Anthony Edwards, K. Todd Freeman, Jayne Houdyshell, Cheyenne Jackson, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Larry Kramer, Ken Leung, John Lithgow, Rory O'Malley, Rob Reiner, Ben Rosenfield, Kate Shindle, Yeardley Smith, Stephen Spinella and Bradley Whitford.

According to presenters, "The story for 8 is framed by the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, but features the best arguments and testimony from both sides of the issue. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw-dropping moments of trial, such as the admission by Prop. 8 supporters' star witness David Blankenhorn that 'we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before.'"

Proceeds from the Broadway staging of 8 support the campaign for full federal marriage equality and educational efforts on the subject of marriage equality. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, which is home to the Tony-winning hit The Book of Mormon, is located at 230 West 49th Street.

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