• 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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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 "Avid listener on my daily commute!"

Looking forward to a rework after SCOTUS arguments

In 2008, 52% of California voters approved Proposition 8 - "Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." That promptly ended a period of a few months in California when same sex couples could, and did, marry.

'8' is dramatization of the arguments heard by Judge Vaughan Walker (Brad Pitt) of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case called Hollingsworth v. Perry.

'8' has a stunning cast. Martin Sheen was especially impassioned playing former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson. George Clooney was played the more low-key David Boies. The dramatization was a reading, not a play. The actors used scripts, their was no blocking, and the reading was in front of a live LA Theater Works audience.

Do Olson and Boies sound familiar? They are the top constitutional lawyers in the United States, and were on opposite political sides in Bush v. Gore. Both men set aside their political differences to support marriage equality. There's an interview at the end that's enlightening.

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS, for Supreme Court of the United States) will hear arguments on Hollingsworth v. Perry, and will answer the questions "Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, § 2 of the Constitution in this case."

These are the finest attorneys who can argue this issue before SCOTUS, and I am looking forward to Dustin Lance Black's update.
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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Book Details

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