Hidden Event - 8theplay
Event - 8theplay
8 the Play
Dec 01, 2012 - 7:00 pm


8 the Play

Saturday December 1
7:00 PM introduction, 7:30 PM staged reading

post-production talkback and reception

$20 adults, $10 students, group rates available through the box office

An unconstitutional proposition.  An unprecedented decision.  An unforgettable evening.

Under license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact and with the cooperation of Vermont Freedom to Marry, Chandler presents a staged reading of “8”.

This new play, chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, was written by Academy-Award winner Dustin Lance Black, who scripted the feature films Milk and J. Edgar and is a founding member of AFER.

8” is an account of the Federal District Court trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.  The playwright based “8” on the actual words of the trial transcript, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama, and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. 

Directed by well-known acting teacher Richard Waterhouse, the Chandler production will feature Equity and non-Equity actors from throughout the region.  Vermont Freedom to Marry representatives will set the background for the play during the introduction at 7 PM in the Chandler Gallery, and will participate in a talkback after the 7:30 PM performance in the Music Hall.  Afterwards the audience will have a chance to mingle with the cast and VFtM reps in a reception in the Gallery. 

‘”8* had its world premiere on September 19, 2011 in New York City, bringing in over $1 million to support AFER’s efforts to pursue the case for full marriage equality through the US legal system, including the Supreme Court.  The West Coast premiere on Saturday March 3, 2012 raised more than $2 million toward the legal costs.  Throughout 2012, “8” is being presented nationwide in order to spur action, dialogue, and understanding of the issues.  Chandler’s production is the only reading scheduled for Central Vermont and New Hampshire.

“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,“ says Mr. 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.”  Mr. Waterhouse adds, “Even though Vermont has enacted freedom to marry, ‘8’ reminds us that the majority of US citizens do not have this right. The Chandler cast is honored to donate its time toward an exciting evening of theater in benefit of Vermont Freedom to Marry and the marriage equality cause countrywide.” 



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