“8” The Play | October 7, 2012, at 7 p.m.

by Dustin Lance Black
Directed by Mark Rucker

An unconstitutional proposition.
An unprecedented decision.
An unforgettable play.

In association with the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, A.C.T. is proud to present a one-night-only reading of “8,” the landmark play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. Written by Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of Milk , “8” is the unprecedented account of the federal district court trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown ), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry. Black based “8” on the actual trial transcripts, firsthand observations of what went on in the courtroom, and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. This one-night-only event will feature playwright Dustin Lance Black, legendary LGBT activist Cleve Jones, actor Luke Macfarlane (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) , and other special guests.

Proceeds from the reading benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth participating in A.C.T.’s ArtReach program, which offers free student matinee tickets and theater-based pre- and post-show workshops at no cost to 23 public high schools in the Bay Area (including all 18 San Francisco public high schools) with large populations of underserved, low-income students who otherwise would have little exposure to the arts.

Tickets are available for $50 to $100. A limited number of $250 VIP tickets are available and include premium seating and access to a postshow reception with the cast. This performance takes place at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Source: American Conservatory Theatre