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An unprecedented decision.
An all-star cast.
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Martin Sheen, 8 is written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner.
The play is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.
A full-cast performance featuring:
George Clooney as David Boies
Brad Pitt as Chief Judge Vaughn Walker
Martin Sheen as Theodore B. Olson
Kevin Bacon as Charles Cooper
Jamie Lee Curtis as Sandy Stier
Christine Lahti as Kris Perry
John C. Reilly as David Blankenhorn
Jane Lynch as Maggie Gallagher
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Dr. Ilan Meyer
Matthew Morrison as Paul Katami
Chris Colfer as Ryan Kendall
Yeardley Smith as Dr. Nancy Cott
Matt Bomer as Jeff Zarrillo
George Takei as Dr. William Tam
Rory O’Malley as Dr. Gregory Herek
Cleve Jones as Evan Wolfson
James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Gary Segura
Jansen Panettiere as Elliott Perry
Bridger Zadina as Spencer Perry
Vanessa Garcia as Clerk
Campbell Brown as Broadcast Journalist
Directed by Rob Reiner. Recorded before a live audience at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles, on March 3, 2012.
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By Gretchen SLP on 05-28-16
Powerful and Educational
Through a stroke of chance, we knew the young woman who, as Dustin Lance Black's intern the year this was written, is/was de facto (albeit uncredited) second author of this play. So I appreciated all the more the chance to experience the final product toward which all her hundreds of hours of hard work tended. It's a real tour de force, and the cast is amazing. My only wish (besides the chance to see it performed live) would be to hear a less choppy version, or a longer version with less of the trial omitted. Because the play is essentially a series of short vignettes, it plays like a "Highlights" reel, vs a continuous stream of action as one finds in other courtroom dramas (e.g., Inherit the Wind; Twelve Angry Men).
Still, that said, I loved it, learned a lot, and will likely listen again. Bravo, and thank you!!
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Christopher on 05-03-15
So Appropriate for today's headlines on Marriage
Since this issue is such a hot topic nationally, it seemed appropriate to listen to this play which recounts the final arguments over the validity of California's Proposition 8. This play seems much like what is going on right now in the Supreme Court deciding on whether the nation should embrace the right for LGBT community to have the same access to marriage that heterosexuals are allowed. I feel as if this play is a compelling listen to anyone whom is wanting to be informed of the struggle of gays and lesbians for equal rights. Kudos goes out to LA Theater Works and Audible for presenting this program.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By emma on 10-05-17
Fantastic glimpse into a groundbreaking court case
The first 85 minutes of this recording is a live recording of the play itself. The remainder of the recording is a series of interviews with the all-star cast, the actual lawyers who worked on the case, the play's writer and the performance's director.
Fascinating to hear parts of the actual testimonies of this court case. It was great that the author used the transcripts word for word, using the actual arguments put forward, or lack thereof! One of the most interesting things about the post-play interviews was the writer talking about how much difficulty he had trying to make the play more balanced, since the defendants' case was so weak. In the end, it's NOT balanced ... but, that's the point. It was easy for the proponents of Proposition 8 to make claims in the media, not so easy for them to back up those claims in a court of law, under oath. If only all campaign promises had to stand up to the same scrutiny - imagine the Brexit campaigners having to provide legal evidence for their claims, for example.
All the actors are, of course, excellent. Jamie Lee Curtis stands out, her character providing a personal perspective, and Martin Sheen does a rousing job, revisiting his "presidential" manner as one of the lawyers. Well worth a listen.
By Ali on 12-24-12
Great cast, and performance, but beware strawmen
First of all I am neither gay nor an American so perhaps I'm not quallified to pass comment but while all performances were superb I couldn't help but feel that the director and the actors tried the demonise the pro 8 side of the debate by intetionally making them sound leaving them feel like characatures while everyone else seem far more realistic. It's a minor point for what is an an otherwise excellent production with Pitt seeming to effortless;y posses the judgment of Soloman, Clooney excelling in cross examination Lee Curtis as both funny and heartwrenching as the moment demands, and Sheen stealling all with a tour de force final speech.
PS I completely support gay marriage