The celebrity lineup goes a little something like this: George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen, Cleve Jones, Rob Reiner, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christine Lahti, Matthew Morrison, Rory O’Malley, Yeardley Smith, and George Takei…to name a few.
The stars will align on March 3, 2012 when “8” the play takes over the Wilshire Ebell Theater on in Los Angeles. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).
“This play will continue to show Americans – one by one – that prejudice and fear cannot stand up to truth and justice,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin. “Try as they might, the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8 cannot hide their discriminatory arguments from the American people. Until every citizen can equally enjoy the freedom to marry, AFER will continue to fight in the courts of law and the court of public opinion – and we will win.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney and Sheen will play plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson. Lahti and Curtis will play plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for 11 years and the parents of four boys. Morrison and Bomer will play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together over ten years.
Lynch will play prominent opponent of marriage equality Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Rob Reiner will play David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values.
“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 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,” said Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for the movie Milk.
“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 are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”
The Seattle Lesbian has just learned that Broadway Impact has partnered with AFER for the widespread release of “8” following its New York and L.A. one-night-only performances.