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4/22 “8” the Play


This Tuesday, APRIL 22nd, we will be reading “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black. 

“8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry), the case filed by AFER that successfully overturned Proposition 8 and restored the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in California. Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature films Milk and J. Edgar, based “8” on the actual words of official trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. 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.”

J.E.T. Studios, JET Theater
5126 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood

Tuesday, April 22nd

There is metered parking on Lankershim and Magnolia, and after 6:00pm, the meters are FREE. There is a parking lot across from J.E.T. that costs $7, as well as valet parking at numerous restaurants and bars on Magnolia for $5 (Brickyard Pub, Bow & Truss both do valet). You can also find free residential parking on most of the side streets in NoHo. We are also a few blocks down the street from the Metro Red Line (at Lankershim & Chandler).

As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.

AMY BARTLETT* – Elliot Perry, Young Girl, Dr. Gregory M. Herek
JOHN ROSS CLARK* – Judge Vaughn Walker, Man 2
MEGHAN ALLISON* – Dr. Nancy Cott, Woman’s Voice, Stage Directions
EMILY CLARK* – Sandy Stier, Maggie Gallagher, Mom 
KATE PURNELL* – Kris Perry, Court Clerk, Broadcast Journalist, Announcer
TRAVIS JAMES RINER* – Paul Katami, Evan Wolfson
GUGUN DEEP SINGH* – Dr. Gary Segura, David Blankenhorn
SAM COFFMAN – Theodore Olson, Man
JEFF SCOT CAREY* – David Boies, Gavin Newsom
LUCAS ALIFANO* – Jeff Zarillo, Ryan Kendall
HEIDI KENDRICK* – Dr. Ilan Meyer, Spencer Perry
ANDY KENAREKI* – Charles J. Cooper, Vulnerable Child, William Tam 

*Play Club West BOARD/VIP

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