Monday, March 5, 2012
There was a benefit reading of the play 8 in Los Angeles this weekend and it was streamed live on YouTube. I watched it and it was really good!
The reading—whose all-star cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis and was directed by Rob Reiner—raised more than $2 million to further the cause of securing full marriage equality at the federal level, more than double what it raised at its Sept. 19 New York premier.
Black’s play, which might more accurately be described as a docu-drama, is based on the actual transcripts of the closing arguments in the federal lawsuit, which ultimately overturned Proposition 8, the California initiative that stripped gays and lesbians of their state constitutional right to marry.
The performances were really good (especially George Clooney, Christine Lahti, Martin Sheen, and John C. Reilly) and it definitely keeps your attention throughout.
If you'd like to see it, clear a couple hours out one afternoon/evening, get a tasty beverage, and enlarge the video screen and enjoy (some of you kids can probably figure out how to get it to play on your TV from YouTube). The "Prop 8" commercials you'll see are part of the show...
It really makes for a nice free night at the Theater!