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Will Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 Play Beat The Prop 8 Musical Or Films?

Academy Award-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black wasn’t so pleased with the Supreme Court blocking the broadcast of the Prop 8 trial. So he sat in the courtroom, watched the trial, interviewed people on both sides, and created a 90-minute play presenting the trial’s best arguments verbatim. The play, called 8, will get a September reading on Broadway and eventually a stage production at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and every other college everywhere (maybe it will even replace Terrance McNally’s Corpus Christi as the most protested school play of all time!)

But even though 8 will portray a dozen people from the actual Prop 8 trial—like pro-gay lawyers Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, their opponent Charles J. Cooper, the plaintiff’s lesbian couple, and the Silver Fox Judge Vaughn R. Walker—can the play ever hope to top the YouTube Prop 8 re-enactments, Funny Or Die’s “Prop 8-The Musical” or the documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition?

Not unless it follows our formula for success…

8: The Mormon Proposition definitely pulled at our disenfranchised heartstrings with scenes of weepy gays and angry protestors—so injecting in some emotional dramatics is an absolute must. Especially when you consider that theYouTube re-enactments taken verbatim from the actual trial were drop-dead boring. So how do you sex up a boring civil case?

“Prop 8-The Musical” has a clue. It featured Margaret Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, and other famous celebrities, an easy-to-understand plot, and songs! Lots of glorious SONGS!!! So Black better scrounge up some A-list stage actors and throw in at least one Solid Gold dance sequence if he wants 8 to go viral and become the next Off-Broadway sleeper hit.

Do we smell a Tony in Black’s future?

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Jul 18, 2011
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  • 4 Comments
    • meego
      meego

      No. We smell another barebacking video in Black’s future. Sorry, I couldn’t resist :) Too easy, this one.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 11:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stacia Mott Austin
      Stacia Mott Austin

      Or….a happy medium is possible. Check out “Prop 8 Love Stories,” an award-winning play coming to off-Broadway written by kids who interviewed 8 couples (5 gay, 3 straight) about love, life, and discrimation. Like Black’s play, these kids created a script from the verbatim transcripts of their interviews, and each young actor portrayed the person s/he interviewed. Sally Miller Gearhart and Phyllis Lyon participated as interviewees:

      Jul 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • till the world ends
      till the world ends

      @meego: That is so tacky. He is trying to expose what others doesn’t get a chance to see to help people like you get equal rights and all you could say is that? gees. try and help yourself and resist cause it’s old and you sound like an old washed up cunt.

      Jul 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • meego
      meego

      @till the world ends: Oh, lighten up :) But thanks for describing yourself in your message :)

      Jul 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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