Arts and Entertainment
December 17, 2014
Beyond The Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a 4 performance only reading of "8," a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black.
"8" is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry), the case filed by AFER that successfully overturned Proposition 8 and restoredthe freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in California.
Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature films Milk and J. Edgar, based "8" on the actual words of official trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
Where: West Potomac High School, Kogelman Theatre
6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
When: Jan 8th & 9th at 7:00pm
Jan 10th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Jan 10th at 7:00pm (talkback with Spencer Perry and other guests following)
Tickets: visit www.westpotomactheatre.org to purchase tickets.
"8" had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City. The production brought in over $1 million to support AFER's efforts to overturn Prop. 8 in federal court.
"8" then had its West Coast premiere at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Los Angeles. The benefit reading featured an all-star cast led by Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy and Emmy Award-nominee Brad Pitt as United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker; and Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee George Clooney and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Martin Sheen as Plaintiffs' lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson. The benefit reading was directed by AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner, and raised more than $2 million for the case that restored marriage equality in California..
"People need to witness what happened during 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 AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black. "The goal of '8' is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. AFER and Broadway Impact are doing all we can to help speed that process along."
AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing "8" for free to colleges and community theatres nationwide in order to spur action, dialogue and understanding. Most productions are followed by a talkback where cast and audience members can discuss the issues presented in the Perry trial.
"8, the play is important to us because we know how much this court case means to the LGBTQIA community and we want to show our support through our performance"
Jacob Warren (portraying Judge Walker)
The story for "8" is framed by the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, and features the best arguments and testimony from both sides. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw-dropping moments of trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 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."
On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that restored marriage equality to California. Only two days later, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay on the historic Federal District Court decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional and gay and lesbian couples could once again marry in California. AFER's four plaintiffs, Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff were the first couples to marry.
To purchase tickets, www.westpotomactheatre.org For information on how your local theater can
produce "8," visit: www.8theplay.com
Follow "8"on Twitter: @8theplay or on Facebook.
"8" Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School
Clerk - JP Havranek
Broadcast Journalist - Liz Brodie
Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker - Jacob Warren
Theodore B. Olson (Plaintiffs' attorney) - Emma Norville/Emily Carbone
David Boies (Plaintiffs' attorney) - David Jarzen/Andrew Schurr
Charles J. Cooper (Proponents' attorney) - Nikki Amico/Ethan Lyon
Jeff Zarrillo (Plaintiff) - Matt Fannon
Paul Katami (Plaintiff) - Sam Janseen
Sandy Stier (Plaintiff) - Charis Conwell
Kris Perry (Plaintiff) - Frankie Mananzan
Elliott (Kris & Sandy's son) - Jade Schaub
Spencer (Kris & Sandy's son) - Tony Lemus
Dr. Nancy Cott (Plaintiffs' witness) - Kevin Mann
Maggie Gallagher (Marriage equality opponent) - Emma Clark/Juliana Sprague
Dr. Ilan Meyer (Plaintiffs' witness) - Delaney Claussen
Ryan Kendall (Plaintiffs' witness) - Lizzy Rader
Dr. Gregory Herek (Plaintiffs' witness) - Alyssa Denton
Dr. Gary Segura (Plaintiffs' witness) - Suferah Khan
Dr. William Tam (Prop. 8 proponent) - Sam Rainey
David Blankenhorn (Proponents' witness) - Austin Harlow
Evan Wolfson (Marriage equality advocate) - Tyson Samuels
ABOUT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
Since its founding in 2009, the American Foundation for Equal Rights has fought for full federal marriage equality for all Americans. As the sole sponsor of the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, AFER brought together bipartisan attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies to secure a victory at the United States Supreme Court that restored marriage equality to our nation's most populous state. AFER continues its legacy of fighting for marriage equality for all Americans through Bostic v. Rainey, the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia's discriminatory and harmful Marriage Amendment. To learn more, visit www.afer.org.
ABOUT BROADWAY IMPACT
Broadway Impact is the only grassroots organization of the theatre community and its fans mobilized in support of marriage equality. Tony Award-nominees Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Gavin Creel (HAIR) and Production Coordinator Jenny Kanelos founded the organization in direct response to the passage of California's Proposition 8 in November 2008. Currently, Broadway Impact, in partnership with AFER, licenses and coordinates readings of Dustin Lance Black's "8" at regional, community and university theaters around the world. Broadway Impact was the recipient of the 2009 Human Rights Campaign Community Award and proudly operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Proposition 8 Key Dates:
November 4, 2008 - Prop. 8 Passes
May 26, 2009 - AFER Attorneys Announced: Theodore B. Olson and David Boies
January 11-27, 2010 - Perry v. Schwarzenegger District Court Trial
June 16, 2010 - Closing Arguments
August 4, 2010 - District Court Rules Prop. 8 Unconstitutional
December 6, 2010 - 9th Circuit Oral Arguments re: Appeal by Prop. 8 Proponents
June 14, 2011 - Proponents' Motion to Vacate Judgment Denied
September 6, 2011 - California Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Proponents' Standing
September 19, 2011 - Broadway Premiere of "8"
September 19, 2011 - District Court Orders Release of Trial Video
November 17, 2011 - California Supreme Court Advisory Opinion re: Proponents' Standing
December 8, 2011 - 9th Circuit Hearing re: Release of Trial Videotapes and Proponents' Motion to Vacate Judgment
February 7, 2012 - 9th Circuit Affirms District Court Ruling That Prop. 8 is
Unconstitutional Proponents petition for rehearing en banc
March 3, 2012 - Los Angeles Premiere of "8"
June 5, 2012 - 9th Circuit Denies Rehearing
July 31, 2012 - Prop. 8 Proponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear case
December 7, 2012 - U.S. Supreme Court grants review
March 26, 2013 - U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments
June 26, 2013 - U. S. Supreme Court dismisses case because Prop. 8 Proponents lack standing
June 28, 2013 - 9th Circuit Lifts Stay, Allowing Marriages to Begin in California