Dustin Lance Black’s new play, 8—which follows Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the trial to overturn California’s odious Proposition 8—is having a special onetime reading on Saturday March 3 in L.A., with an all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Bomer, Martin Sheen, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch.
Pitt will be playing United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the jurist who ruled Prop 8 was unconstitutional and subsequently came out of the closet. For those keeping score, it’s the first time Pitt’s played gay since Interview with a Vampire (and that barely counts.)
You can watch the show live even if you’re not in the City of Angels—the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact are screening it in real-time starting at 10:45 EST/7:45pm PST. (A special pre-show with director Rob Reiner beins at 10:30/7:30pm.)
In a statement to the press, Black said he hoped people would watch the play, “if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter.”
“I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’ The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”
Photo: Georges Biard