Stage Reading - '8'

“8” – A staged reading about marriage equality

JAN. 10, 2013 – The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department is hosting a reading of the play “8” on Feb. 9 at its Glenn Wallichs Theatre. This is a perfect time to come and experience “8,” the play by award-winning screenwriter and gay rights activist Dustin Lance Black which explores California’s decision to overturn Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restricts the right of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. The Supreme Court of the United States recently announced it will hear two days worth of arguments over laws affecting gay marriage—the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8—during the last week of March.

The University of Redlands’ own distinguished alum David Boies led the legal battle to overturn Prop. 8 in the U.S. District Court in northern California in 2009, and will continue his fight for equality through participation in the Supreme Court hearings. This Feb. 9 staged reading at the University of Redlands is directed by Chris Beach and features Inland Empire leaders and University administrators reading the parts of the various people involved in the California court case.

“8” is the unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by the American Federation of Equal Rights (AFER) to overturn Proposition 8. The script is based on actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

The play’s script incorporates pathos in conveying the difficult and sometimes painful experiences of the cases’ plaintiffs and those involved in the fight for equality, and yet a great deal of humor is infused in addressing this complex subject.

WHAT: “8” – A staged reading about marriage equality

WHERE: University of Redlands, Glenn Wallichs Theatre
1200 Colton Avenue, Redlands

WHO: University of Redlands administrators and faculty as well as prominent members of the community will be part of the reading. These include:

  • Ralph Kuncl, University of Redlands president
  • James Appleton, University of Redlands 10th president
  • Char Burgess, University of Redlands dean of student life
  • John Walsh, University of Redlands chaplain
  • Leela Madhavarau, University of Redlands associate dean of campus diversity and inclusion
  • Larry Burgess, former Smiley Library director

WHEN: 8 p.m., Feb. 9, 2013.

Ticket Information: Admission is free.

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