Proposition 8 saga hits Broadway


California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 invigorated the national fight for marriage equality – and now an award-winning team of film, television and theatre stars have joined to bring that story to the stage.


A one-night reading of the play “8” by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, which chronicles the historic federal legal challenge to Proposition 8, will be presented on Monday, September 19 at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre.


Directed by Tony Award-winning actor and director Joe Mantello, the

world premiere performance will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights, of which Black is a Founding Board Member.


The star-studded cast includes 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, Marisa Tomei and Bradley Whitford.


Following the New York debut on September 19, AFER and fellow producer Broadway Impact will license “8” to schools and community organizations nationwide in order to spur action, dialogue and understanding.


AFER and Broadway Impact will help produce these staged readings across the country, so that “8” will live on beyond its September premiere. If you represent a local theater interested in staging a production of “8,” email


For tickets and more information on the production, go here.

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Adam Sandel is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, journalist and film critic living in San Francisco, California. He's the film writer for dot429 Magazine and is the host of the internet radio show "Happy Hour" on

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