Proposition 8 play heads to Broadway

A new play about the legal battles over California’s Proposition 8 will be performed in several staged readings on Broadway in September, the New York Times reports. Written by Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the drama, titled simply 8, consists largely of dialogue from transcripts of the 2010 trial that ended with a judge overturning Proposition 8, the 2008 California legislation that had defined marriage as strictly a union between man and a woman. (The ruling is currently being appealed.) After its Broadway debut, 8 is set to be performed at several college campuses around the country, including Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern.

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  • JT

    One thing you can say about Broadway, they sure love Mormons.

  • Jim

    I lost a lot of respect for Black when certain photos of him emerged. Seemed very contradictory to all he was trying to celebrate and accomplish,

    • Michael

      Last I checked, Dustin Lance Black’s goal in life wasn’t to prove that gay men were perfect and without flaws. He made a mistake. That doesn’t change, in any way, what he’s done for the gay community. Reserve your judgment for church. That’s the only remaining place on earth where it’s accepted and justified.

      • Squints

        @Michael –

        I’m judging you, and I’m not at church. Whataya gonna do ’bout it? >:D

        (Seriously, though, the photos don’t bug me. The fact that Perez Hilton posted them when they were private is what bugs me.)

      • azjeff

        Give the guy a break. He never proclaimed to be some sort of role model. He won an oscar for writing a brilliant screenplay.

      • Jim

        There was a point in time around “Milk” where the media (gay and otherwise) lionized him. I just found it a chain of poor judgments, from the initial behavior to photographing it to Hilton getting his grubby hands on it.

        Call me judgmental, but what the pictures portrayed, especially in this day and age, is still a huge pet peeve of mine and playing with fire.

  • Rachel

    dang the first thing i thought was prop 8 the musical was going to be expanded and going to Broadway (with NPH, John c. Riley, Maya Rudolf, Jack Black, and others) but this sounds dramatic.

  • Preaching to?

    By making a broadway musical about gay rights, aren’t they preaching to the choir?

    • Alyson

      It’s not a musical. It’s a play.

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