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USA: Prop 8 Play Marks 400th Performance

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Prop 8 PlayDustin Lance Black’s play “8” reached its 400th performance this week. AFER reports:

“8,” the hit play by Dustin Lance Black about marriage for gay and lesbian couples, continues to sweep the country and the world. Fremont, OH is the 400th confirmed reading, which are taking place at a variety of professional, community, college and high school theaters. The 50 year-old Fremont Community Theatre will stage readings on September 13 and 14 in their 500+ seat performance space located an hour and a half outside Cleveland.

We’ve seen it three times – once from L.A. in the podcast version, once in Davis, California, and once in Sacramento.

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Scathing Response to Dustin Lance Black’s Threat to Withdraw Support for Obama

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

In an article entitled “Wise Up Dustin Lance Black on the LGBTQ Nation website, Melanie Nathan, Blogger and Activist,  hits back with a scathing response to Dustin Lance Black’s threat to withdraw support for President Obama:

The moment I saw Dustin Lance Black’s headline in the Hollywood Reporter all my admiration came a-tumbling.

While one cannot disregard the work of the screenwriter turned activist and its impetus on marriage equality, his latest critique of President Obama, and worse yet its luminous abode engorges like an unwelcome cloud on a sunny day. As an activist in the community, I want to clearly disassociate myself from the ominous loom of Black’s threatening blur.

The headline and byline present a pompous lead into an arrogant read: “Hollywood & Politics: Dustin Lance Black Blames Obama and Romney for the Mess of Gay Marriage (Opinion) — by Dustin Lance Black.”

In his article, Black attempts to connect President Obama’s record on LGBT issues to the non-record and vacillation, not to mention the irrelevance at this time, of Mitt Romney. Black says “both candidates are “up in the air” on the equal rights issue.” This trite and ill timed analogy is not only inaccurate but an insult.

Black throws a crumb or two with his cryptic mention of the Department of Justice and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” yet his stance fails to elucidate on so much more that indicates Obama’s attitude towards LGBTI rights, both here in the USA and internationally.

When, in the article, Black throws a reckless “but after all the hope and change LGBT people were promised four years ago, many are frustrated with Obama’s sluggish, self-described “evolution” on the issue of marriage equality,” I hear words out of context and in shallow meaningless void, words that indicate a misunderstanding of the milieu and politics.

Black is absolutely incorrect in his assertion that President Obama has yet to “evolve” on the issue of marriage equality, as he buys into the rhetoric that died when the Respect for Marriage Act was introduced last year by Senator Feinstein, as repeal legislation for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Soon thereafter, Obama indicated he would sign the legislation into law.

Notably, The Washington Post headline read, “Obama backs bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act” — how much more evolving could one do than that?

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Watch it Now: Clooney, Pitt in “8” The Play

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Watch "8" The PlayAFER Just posted the whole “8” the Play to you tube – watch it here now to see the great performances by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more who have joined us in the fight for marriage equality.

From AFER:

“Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Jane Lynch join an all-star cast for a one-night-only benefit reading of “8,” the new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) that chronicles the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.”

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George Clooney and All Star Cast Shine in Prop 8 Play Reading

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Prop 8 Play Reading - George Clooney, Brad PittMy husband Mark and I just finished watching the Prop 8 Play live from Los Angeles, featuring an amazing array of stars, from George Clooney and Martin Sheen as Olson and Boies to the amazing Jane Lynch as Maggie Gallagher with a stare that could stop a truck.

But the emotional core of the night’s performance was carried by Christine Lahti as one of the four prop 8 plaintiffs, especially when she spoke movingly about how her sister’s death at a young age inflamed in her a desire to be a mother, and how, the defense attorney’s claims notwithstanding, how much she had fought for the chance to be a mother to her two twin sons.

The play also laid bare the pathetic nature of the defense witnesses, especially in the performance of George Takei, who got one of the best laughs of the night, and the clueless brilliance of John C. Reilly, who ultimately functioned as a witness for the plaintiffs.

Both Clooney and Sheen were fantastic, with Clooney saying more with a stare than many actors could manage with ten lines, and Brad Pitt, a late addition, brought just the right amount of skepticism to the role of Judge Walker.

After the play, the real plaintiffs and attorneys took the stage, and made the point that if marriage equality’s opponents hadn’t fought so hard and long to keep the video tapes of the trial under lock and key, this amazing night might never have happened.

And the play reminded us – “the stand is a lonely place to lie.”

The full play should be posted live soon – we’ll add it or a link to it here as soon as we can.

US: Dustin Lance Black’s Play “8” to Go National

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Prop 8 Play Goes NationalFor anyone who missed the star-studded, one-night-only Broadway debut of the gay marriage play “8” or can’t get to Los Angeles this spring to see George Clooney lead a West Coast version, there’s hope: The play is coming to a theater near you.

The only bad news — no Clooney.

The pro-gay marriage American Foundation for Equal Rights and partner Broadway Impact are sponsoring dozens of productions of Dustin Lance Black’s play starring local actors across the country this election year. It’ll be shown in states where marriage battles loom, including Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

Adam Umhoefer, the foundation’s project director, said the glitzy Broadway show and upcoming California counterpart help fund getting the play mounted elsewhere. “Those big tent-pole shows bring attention to the play so that all these other groups across the country can work on their productions,” he said.

Full Story from the Chicago Tribune

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George Clooney Joins Cast of Dustin Lance Black Prop 8 Play for Special Performance

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Prop 8 PlayGeorge Clooney shows his support to marriage equality by joining the cast of a stage play called “8”. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 50-year-old actor is set to star in the one-night-only show that will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on March 3, 2012.

The play itself follows “the historic federal court trial overtuning Proposition 8, the ballot measure that denied gay and lesbian Californians the right to marry.” Serving as the helmer for the play is veteran actor/filmmaker Rob Reiner, while the script will be written by “J. Edgar” and “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black.

Showing his concern to the marriage equality issue, Clooney said, “It is astonising that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people, like all human beings, are born equal in dignity and rights.”

Full Story from Aces Showbiz

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NY: Dustin lance Black’s Prop 8 Play Debuts

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Prop 8 PlayA play based on last year’s federal court fight over California’s gay marriage ban made its Broadway debut on Monday night with an all-star cast, only hours after a federal judge decided to unseal the trial’s video recordings.

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” was born, in part, by frustration that Proposition 8 backers had succeeded in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to bar broadcast of the landmark case.

During the trial, former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and attorney David Boies – best known as adversaries who represented opposing sides in the disputed 2000 presidential election – put on a powerfully clear argument in favor of gay marriage. Prop. 8 was eventually ruled unconstitutional in August 2010. The case is under appeal.

Full Story from the Huffington Post

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NY: Final Cast Announced for Reading of Prop 8 Play

Friday, September 16th, 2011

8Final casting was announced yesterday for the staged reading benefit of Dustin Lance Black’s 8, his play about the federal case challenging California’s Proposition 8.

AFER reports:
Emmy and Tony Award winner and two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Ellen Barkin; Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell; Broadway star Kate Shindle; and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella will appear in the world premiere of “8” on Broadway, joining the previously announced Bob Balaban, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Anthony Edwards, Morgan Freeman, Cheyenne Jackson, Larry Kramer, Christine Lahti, John Lithgow, Rory O’Malley, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and Bradley Whitford. The cast of “8” will also feature Tony Award nominee K. Todd Freeman, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Ken Leung and Ben Rosenfield. Marisa Tomei has had to withdraw from the reading due to a film scheduling conflict.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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NY: Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 Play Reading Attracts Celebrities

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

New York Gay MarriageA benefit staged reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about California’s Prop. 8 trial, has attracted an illustrious all-star cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, Christine Lahti, and Anthony Edwards.

A press release for the event describes the play as “an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case filed by American Foundation for Equal Rights to overturn Proposition 8, which eliminated the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples in California.”

Full Story from The Advocate

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Dustin Lance Black Writes Prop 8 Play

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Dustin Lance BlackThe 37-year old screenwriter and activist who achieved fame, fortune and an Oscar for his work on Milk spent the last six months sifting through thousands of transcripts from the Proposition 8 trial and has turned them into a play, 8.

The play, which features dramatized adaptations of all the California gay marriage trial’s main characters, will hold its first reading on September 19th at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in New York City, the New York Times reports:

[The new play] will be performed in a staged reading on Broadway in September and then produced at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and elsewhere.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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