The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) announced in a new video that the highly-anticipated, one-night-only production of Dustin Lance Black's 8, a play that tells the story of the historic Proposition 8 trial, will be live-streamed on the AFER YouTube Channel Saturday, March 3, starting at 7:30pm PT. Rob Reiner, who will direct the show and play a role, also revealed that Brad Pitt has joined the all-star cast as Judge Vaughn Walker. Check out the announcement below.
As previously revealed, George Clooney and Martin Sheen play plaintiff's lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, a pair of all-star attorneys who previously faced-off in Bush v. Gore, but teamed up to take on Prop 8 in court. Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a long term lesbian couple who challenged Prop 8, will be portrayed by Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis, while Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer will play fellow plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo. Chris Colfer plays Ryan Kendall who testified about his experience of being sent to "reparative therapy" by his parents when he was a teenager. Other cast members include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John C. Reilly, Cambell Brown, George Takei, Cleve Jones, and Yeardley Smith.
Jane Lynch does a turn as outspoken opponent of marriage equality and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher. David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, is portrayed by Rob Reiner. Kevin Bacon plays Charles J. Cooper, the lead attorney for the anti-marriage side.
The West Coast production takes place March 3 at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theatre and proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a nonprofit organization working towards marriage equality. Watch the livestream on Saturday with preshow at 7:30pm and curtain at 7:45pm PST on AFER.org or the AFER YouTube Channel.