"Will Act For Change" joins nationwide theatre project To present landmark marriage equality play


"Will Act For Change," with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a one-night-only staged reading of 8, a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, written by8

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black.  is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.

Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the film J. Edgar, based 8 on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

The staged reading of 8 is directed by Dr. John H. Taylor and will be performed by "Will Act For Change" company members at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Adams State University Main Stage Theatre. Admission is free with tickets available starting March 18.

Beginning March 18, the ASU Theatre Box Office will be open 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until tickets are gone. You may call 719-587-TIXX (8499) to reserve tickets, but tickets must be picked at the box office on the same day.

"Will Act for Change," an Adams State University student acting company dedicated to using theatre to promote social change by challenging the status quo, is partnering with ASU Prizm and the Center for Restorative Programs to present the historic docudrama.

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 West Coast premiere reading of 8 was directed by Rob Reiner and featured an all-star cast led by Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Martin Sheen.

Throughout 2012, AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing 8 for free to colleges and community theatres nationwide in order to spur action, dialogue and understanding. The production will be followed by a talk back, where cast and audience members can discuss the issues presented in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial.

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 February 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision upholding the historic August 2010 ruling of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The case will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 just three days after the ASU production.

More information on 8.


By Linda Relyea