Yale School of Drama ANNOUNCES READING OF DUSTIN LANCE BLACK’S NEW PLAY “8”

Yale School of Drama ANNOUNCES READING OF DUSTIN LANCE BLACK’S NEW PLAY “8”

Yale School of Drama ANNOUNCES READING OF DUSTIN LANCE BLACK’S NEW PLAY “8”

 

Yale School of Drama Joins Nationwide Productions of the Landmark Marriage Equality Play by Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of Milk & J. Edgar

New Haven, CT Yale School of Drama, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a one-night-only reading of “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.  Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black, “8” had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere in September 2011 and its star-studded Los Angeles premiere in March 2012.

The production 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.

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.”

Students, faculty, and staff from the Yale School of Drama will perform a staged reading as part of the nationwide presentation of “8” a new documentary play by Dustin Lance Black about the federal case for marriage equality.  Following the performance there will be a talkback with members of the Yale community from Yale Law School, Yale Divinity School, and Yale School of Drama.  Join us for the performance then stay to engage in the conversation and gain a greater understanding of an issue important to our nation.

 

What: A staged reading of “8,” the landmark marriage equality play by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black.

Who: Yale School of Drama Students, Faculty, and Staff

When: Monday October 22, 2012 @ 7PM

Where: University Theatre, 222 York Street,
New Haven, CT 06511

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30PM
NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

 

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of
Perry v. Brown, the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. After bringing together Theodore B. Olson and David Boies to lead its legal team, AFER successfully advanced the Perry case through Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Foundation is committed to achieving full federal marriage equality for all Americans.
www.AFER.org

ABOUT BROADWAY IMPACT
Broadway Impact is the only grassroots organization of the theatre community and its fans mobilized in support of marriage equality. Tony Award-nominees Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Gavin Creel (HAIR) and Production Coordinator Jenny Kanelos founded the organization in direct response to the passage of California’s Proposition 8 in November 2008. Currently, Broadway Impact, in partnership with AFER, licenses and coordinates readings of Dustin Lance Black's "8" at regional, community and university theaters around the world. Broadway Impact was the recipient of the 2009 Human Rights Campaign Community Award and proudly operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

www.broadwayimpact.com

 

 

PRESS CONTACTS

Lico Whitfield
Associate Director of Special Programs

Yale School of Drama
O:
203-432-8117
Lico.whitfield@yale.edu