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‘8’ Opening Up the Political Process One Play At A Time

March 10, 2012

When Perry v. Brown (then Perry v. Schwarzengger), the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 ballot went to trial, the proceedings, like many others, weren’t broadcast to the general public. If it had the logical entanglements that Prop 8 supporters found themselves in would have become common knowledge.

Fortunately, Dustin Lance Black, an Academy Award Winning playwright and screenwriter, had the foresight to attend many trial days, which he’s now adapted into 8. The play itself is funny and heartfelt, but the recent reading by a group of celebrities last weekend made it even more impactful. “All these people who had said all of these things against gay people for so long had to go in and raise their right hand,” Black explained, about the Prop 8 court case that inspired the play. “And, their case fell apart, before our eyes.” Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Chris Colfer, and Martin Sheen, among others took the time to help promote the live YouTube premier and add a bit of star power to a worthy cause.

It’s been a great example of the ways that art can open up complex issues and amplify their messages to a wider audience. 8, is an artful attempt to share the mismanagement, heartbreak, and eventual resolution of an unfortunate time in our nation’s history.

I’ve shared the performance video before, but you can check it out again below. Just skip ahead for the beginning of the performance.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    Excellent blog post. This is a really engrossing blog. I hope to read more in future.

  2. Brittani Haywood permalink*
    March 17, 2012 11:01 PM

    Thanks for reading!

  3. March 19, 2012 10:04 AM

    Thanks for this blog post. Truly fascinating and excellently written post. Cheers once again – I will return.

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