DON'T MISS GAVIN CREEL
AND BISHOP GENE ROBINSON AT UNH TOMORROW NIGHT!
These events link to the ongoing attempt to repeal marriage equality in
NH -- HB437.
Telephone interviews are available.
2/7 7p University of NH, MUB Theatre, 83 Main St, Durham
2/10 7:30p Palace Theater, 80 Hanover St, Manchester
2/23 7p New England College, Simon Center Great Room, 98 Bridge St,
2/28 8p Player’s Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St, Portsmouth
3/20 7p Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 229 Main St, Keene
NEW HAMPSHIRE READINGS OF DUSTIN LANCE BLACK’S NEW PLAY “8”
by Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter of Milk, J. Edgar
[Keene, NH] – The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway
Impact are proud to announce five, one-night-only readings of “8” across New
Hampshire beginning February 7 at UNH and concluding March 20 at Keene State
College. “8” chronicles the historic federal constitutional trial and
challenge to California’s Proposition 8, written by AFER Founding Board
Member and Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black.
Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the
critically-acclaimed film J. Edgar, based “8” on the actual words of the
trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and
interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
“8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry
v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn
Proposition 8 which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental
right to marry when it was struck down by the Federal District Court in
August 2010. That ruling was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit by the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8.
AFER's legal team was at the Ninth Circuit in December 2011 for a hearing to
urge that court to unseal the trial video. The American public was not
given a chance to witness the historic trial because the Proponents launched
a desperate attempt to forever hide the video recording of the trial.
“8” had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere on September 19, 2011, at
the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The production
brought in over one million dollars to support AFER’s efforts to achieve
full federal marriage equality. The play is set for multi-city performances
in 2012, including an all-star performance in Los Angeles on March 3, 2012
featuring Academy Award-winner George Clooney.
“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no
other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally
rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,” said AFER Founding
Board Member Dustin Lance Black. “The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that
marriage equality is a basic constitutional right. The facts are on our side
and truth always finds the light. AFER and Broadway Impact are doing all we
can to help speed that process along.”
In addition to its Broadway and Los Angeles productions, AFER and Broadway
Impact are licensing “8” to colleges and community theatres nationwide in
order to spur action, dialogue and understanding. AFER and Broadway Impact
are helping produce these staged readings across the country, which includes
a talk-back panel after each performance.
A ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and the release of the
trial video is expected soon. The Perry case is widely anticipated to end
up in the United States Supreme Court.
For information about how to purchase NH venue tickets or produce “8,” visit
Follow “8”on Twitter: @8theplay or on Facebook.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of the Perry
case. After bringing together Theodore B. Olson and David Boies to lead its
legal team, AFER successfully advanced the Perry case through Federal
District Court and is now leading it through the 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals before the case is brought to the United States Supreme Court. The
Foundation is committed to achieving full federal marriage equality. AFER
Board of Directors includes Chad Griffin (President), Bruce Cohen
(Treasurer), Dustin Lance Black, Jonathan Lewis, Ken Mehlman, Michele Reiner
and Rob Reiner.
ABOUT BROADWAY IMPACT
BROADWAY IMPACT is a non-profit organization of theatre artists and fans
mobilized in support of marriage equality. Founded in 2008 by
Tony-nominated performers Rory O'Malley (Book of Mormon), Gavin Creel (HAIR)
and Production Coordinator Jenny Kanelos, BROADWAY IMPACT works to educate
and inspire the theatre community into action. Recent initiatives include
helping to staff the phone banking efforts in New York State, creating a
3,000 piece letter writing campaign, gaining the funding for 1,400
supporters to attend the National Equality March and producing a rally for
over 5,000 attendees in Midtown Manhattan where speakers included, Cynthia
Nixon, Audra McDonald, David Hyde Pierce, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and
Governor David Paterson. BROADWAY IMPACT was awarded the 2009 Human Rights
Campaign Community Award.