• by Dustin Lance Black
  • Narrated by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch
  • 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

An unconstitutional proposition.
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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Customer Reviews

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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!!
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- Gretchen SLP

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.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2012
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works