Friday, March 9, 2012

"We Put Fear And Prejudice On Trial and Fear And Prejudice Lost" 8: A Play About The Fight For Marriage Equality

This is remarkable.

Screen captures show some of the stars of "8"

Last Saturday, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact presented the West Coast premiere reading of the play “8” before a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles and a worldwide audience watching on YouTube.

“8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.

“This play will continue to show Americans—one by one—that truth and justice can prevail over prejudice and fear,” 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.  The fight to secure marriage equality is at the heart of our generation’s search for greater freedom—this play shows why.”

Dustin Lance 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.  

Watch. (The performance starts 30 minutes in, and is about 90 minutes long.)


And resolve to continue to fight for marriage equality.


1 comment:

T said...

Thanks for posting this. It is fantastic. Hopefully, years from now, gay marriage will be not be "unacceptable," or even uncommon, and people will look back on this particular moment in history and shake their heads in disbelief.