George Clooney to Star in Play about Proposition 8

George Clooney has signed up for a one-night performance of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, a drama about the court trial overtuning Proposition 8, a ballot measure that prevented loving and committed couples to marry in the state of California. The production will take stage at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3. Proceeds from tickets will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a nonprofit organization working towards marriage equality.

"It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said. “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people -- like all human beings -- are born equal in dignity and rights."

The West Coast production of 8 will be directed by Rob Reiner and will feature an all-star cast. It follows a successful performance of the play on Broadway in which Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow and Bradley Whitford among others took the roles of plaintiffs, witnesses and attorneys for the case. “People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial,” said Dustin Lance Black, “if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter.”