George Clooney will star and Rob Reiner directs a reading of Dustin Lance Black’s “8,” a play about the federal trial to overturn Proposition 8. The California proposition banned gay marriage until it was overturned because it denied homosexuals equal protection and wasn’t rational. The play is based on court documents and interviews with plaintiffs from the case.
Black, a gay Mormon who grew up in Texas won the best original screenplay Oscar for Milk, has written for the HBO series Big Love, and wrote the screenplay for the recently released film J. Edgar.
The play opened in New York in September of 2010. The original cast included Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Bomer.
“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said. “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights.”
The one-night-only performance takes place in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on March 3, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.