“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
KUSI news interviews Luke Macfarlane on his upcoming stage role (west coast premiere) in Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir at Martinis Above Fourth sponsored by La Jolla Playhouse.
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Luke Macfarlane will reprise his role of Sam Bendrix in Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (west coast premiere!!) presented by the La Jolla Playhouse staged at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Avenue, Suite 200, in Hillcrest) in San Diego, California. The play will run from September 24th thru October 10th. Performances run Mon/Tue/Wed at 7:30 pm; Sat at 2:00 pm; Sun at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (858) 550-1010 or at LaJollaPlayhouse.org beginning now for subscribers and August 5 for the general public.
For those people who live nearby or have yet to see it and live on the west coast, this is your chance to see Luke in a one-man show, and singing live.
In this video, brought to you by the people of Arena Stage, showcases Luke Macfarlane, Patricia Wettig, and Patrick Breen as they talk about the play, The Normal Heart, and what the AIDS epidemic means to them, and what the story means to them. It is a good look at what you will be seeing when you attend the national tour play.
Luke Macfarlane will reprise his Broadway role in the upcoming national tour of The Normal Heart. Along with Patrick Breen who will also co-star and play the same exact role. New entrant is Christopher Hanke, best known for many of his Broadway musical appearances, and some television appearances (especially for those who remember him appearing in season 5 of Brothers & Sisters playing the role of the guy who Scotty cheated with). Chris will be playing the role of Tommy Boatwright.
Edit: Sorry, Luke will be upgraded in his role and will play the role of Ned Weeks and Felix Turner, respectively. (These are major roles (i.e. more dialogue and longer appearances), compared to his two stint roles on Broadway).
The national tour starts off at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. from June 8th till July 29th. This play will coincide with AIDS 2012, the biennial international AIDS convention which will be held again in the United States after 22 years. More cities and tour dates to follow. But for now you can follow the Arena Stage page for The Normal Heart and check for further information about the play and the theatre.
Also don’t forget to check the original Broadway webpage of The Normal Heart as well.
‘Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir’ charms at City Theatre
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
By Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
City Theatre has discovered an effective time machine and finely tuned it to 1958 to re-create the mood and music of that year for its charming “Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir.”
It’s the premiere of Keith Bunin’s emotional biography of a gay man looking for love in the wrong decade framed with evocative romantic show songs of the mid-20th century.
Reminding us a bit of “Mad Men’s” Don Draper in his white shirt, narrow tie and slick hair, Luke Macfarlane plays Sam with an understated tenderness and regret tinged with hope. Bartender and fill-in singer at the tiny Bon Soir club in New York’s Greenwich Village, Sam is saying farewell to his unhappy Manhattan history with a final performance.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette’s review of Sam Bendrix