In February, the Washington State legislature and Governor Christine Gregoire signed marriage equality into law. Opponents have until June 6 to gather 120,000 signatures to put the law up to public vote as an initiative on the fall 2012 ballot.
With this backdrop, Intiman Theatre will present a one-night-only staged reading of “8″ at 7 pm on June 4, 2012. “8″ is a new documentary play written by Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award winning writer of Milk and J.Edgar. It is a thorough, textured, timely, gut-punch of a play that chronicles the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 – which eliminated legal rights of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. The play is based on trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
Intiman’s reading of “8″ brings together a group of talented theatre artists, directed by Victor Pappas, to bring the trial – which was never allowed to be televised – to life.
The performance will be followed by a post-play discussion with Activist Dan Savage, Washington State Human Rights Commissioner Charlene Strong, Equal Rights Washington Executive Director Rod Hearne, and Director Valerie Curtis-Newton. David Ward of Legal Voices will moderate.
Thanks to a generous donation from Debbie Killinger, all net proceeds from this reading will directly benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). This event is now sold out.
Source: Intiman Theatre