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Watch Party! Live Reading of Dustin Lance Black’s “8″ Tonight 7:45fdl

1:00 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

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Tonight, starting at 7:45 on the West Coast (10:45pm east coast time) the American Foundation for Equal Rights will stage an all-star reading of Dustin Lance Black’s “8″ based on the transcripts of the 2010 trial in Judge Vaughn Walker’s courtroom on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. We’ll have a watch party right here at this thread at MyFDL to enjoy it together, starting about 7:30pm.

This live Los Angeles production includes such stars as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Chris Colfer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Vanessa Garcia, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, and Matthew Morrison.

Should be fun, with the simultaneity of enjoying the play itself while comparing the performances with our actual memories of the liveblogging and liveblog-reading more than two years ago! I do want to congratulate Judge Vaughn Walker on snagging Brad Pitt as the actor playing him, as I had thought they’d use Brad to play that intrepid front-row Firedoglake liveblogger….

See you tonight!

Hottie-Infused “8″ LA Production Announced

5:06 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

“8″ Trailer: Long Version from American Foundation for Equal Ri on Vimeo.

The cast for the West Coast one-night production of Dustin Lance Black’s “8″ has been announced, and it’s rather hottie-intense. Here’s the announcement from the American Foundation for Equal Rights:

All-Star Cast for West Coast Premiere of Dustin Lance Black’s “8” Announced
January 18, 2012

Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Rory O’Malley, Rob Reiner, Martin Sheen, Yeardley Smith, and George Takei Will Appear in One Night Only Exclusive Event on March 3, 2012

Everyone involved gets more than a little Hollywood polish, including David Blankenhorn, the defendants’ hapless witness who eventually said that we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriages:

George Clooney and Martin Sheen will play plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the all-star attorneys who notably faced-off in Bush v. Gore. Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis will play plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for eleven years and the parents of four boys. Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer will play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together over ten years.

Jane Lynch will play prominent opponent of marriage equality Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Rob Reiner will play David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values.

Paul and Jeff must be over the moon. Seriously, if Google images is back up after the SOPA/PIPA darkness, check out Matt “White Collar” Bomer. And there’s a built-in “Glee” audience for Matthew “Will Shuster” Morrison.

Tickets and sponsorship for this event, to benefit AFER’s court fight for equal marriage rights, are available here.

“8″ — Coming to Broadway

12:41 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

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"number 8" by Leo Reynolds on flickr

Dustin Lance Black, “Milk” screenwriter and Americans For Equal Rights activist, spent the last six months developing a ninety-minute staged reading based on the Prop 8 trial transcripts. His play opens on Broadway in September, with plans to tour the US.

A new play based on the Proposition 8 trial over same-sex marriage in California, written by the Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), 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.

DLB hopes the play gets seen by many more Americans than got to see it firsthand, since the Supreme Court ruled televising it was undecorous, or injudicial, or something.

“One of my hopes about the trial was to get the opposition in court, hands raised swearing to tell the truth, and have the world see the opposition called to account for going on TV saying gay people harm children, harm families,” Black said. “Since the trial itself wasn’t heard or seen, I wanted to get that story out another way.”

The Sept. 19 Broadway performance, staged by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello, will be followed by later performances at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, among other venues.