8 (the stage play) — Sunday, 17 February 2013

Updated Info — For one night only — On Sunday (17 February 2013) at 7:30 PM at the Karpeles MuseumRiver City Repertory Theatre will stage a one-night-only performance of “8” — the play based on the California Proposition 8 trialClick here for a map and directions for this performance.

“8” premiered in Los Angeles with a star-studded cast that included supporters of marriage equality like Brad Pitt and George Clooney.  The Shreveport performance will feature local celebrities.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 318-868-5888 daily from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  All seats are $30.00.  Profits go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).

AFER is the non-profit that spearheaded the court challenge to Proposition 8 which took away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.  This court challenge drew lots of attention because our side (proponents of marriage equality) had as its legal representation the dream team of liberal icon David Boies and conservative icon Ted Olson (who were on opposing sides in the landmark Bush v. Gore which decided the 2000 election).

Boies and Olson were successful and Prop 8 was overturned.

This court decision has been appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court which has agreed to hear the appeal.

Why “8”?

Uncovering the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans — “8” — a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) — demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry).  Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony.  See the human cost of discrimination.  Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.  Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.

See video from the original play at AFER’s web site and at River City Repertory Theatre’s web site.

More details can be found at the “8” Facebook event page.

In addition:  8X8 for 8 Art Exhibition

In honor of the reading of “8,” there will be an art exhibition at the Karpeles Manuscript Library featuring the works of local LGBT artists.

You can read more about the art exhibit here.

[This information comes from Adrienne Critcher of PACE and has been reformatted for the Shreveport PFLAG web site.]

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