A one-night-only benefit staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's
"8" comes to Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Saturday, Dec. 1 at
7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the production will benefit the American
Foundation for Marriage Equality and Vermont Freedom to Marry.
Directed by well-known acting teacher Richard Waterhouse, the
staged reading of "8" in Randolph will feature Equity and
non-Equity actors from the region. Vermont Freedom to Marry
representatives will set the context for the play during a 7 p.m.
introduction in the Esther Mesh Room of Chandler's Upper Gallery.
They will also participate with cast members and the American Civil
Liberties of Vermont's Executive Director in a talkback after the
7:30 p.m. performance in the Music Hall. After the talkback,
audience members will have a chance to mingle with the cast and
Vermont Freedom to Marry representatives during a reception in the
Esther Mesh Room.
"8" is an account of the Federal District Court trial Perry v.
Schwarzenegger, the case filed by AFER to overturn the Proposition
8 approved in November 2008 by California voters, which stripped
gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.
Playwright Dustin Lance Black based "8" on the actual words of the
June 2010 trial transcript, first-hand observations of the
courtroom drama, and interviews with the plaintiffs and their
At the conclusion of that trial, the Federal District Court in
August 2010 declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. In February
2012 the Ninth Circuit Court affirmed the District Court ruling,
stating, "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other
than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in
California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and
families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The
Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."
"People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial
in June 2010, 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."
The Chandler production is the only reading scheduled for
Central Vermont and the Upper Valley region, and is produced under
license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and
Broadway Impact, with the cooperation of Vermont Freedom to
Tickets are available online at www.chandler-arts.org or by
calling the Chandler Box Office at 802-728-6464 between 3 -6 p.m.