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Brookhaven College Announces Reading of “8” by Dustin Lance Black

Release Date Jan. 15

Just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on California's Proposition 8, Theatre Brookhaven will present “8,” Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black's acclaimed dramatization of California's legal fight about marriage equality. The only North Texas performances of the play schedule this year are set for March 7-9.

“8” recounts the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry), that overturned Proposition 8, which had revoked the rights of gay and lesbian couples in California of the freedom to marry. The script is built on the actual trial transcripts and examines the human rights implications of banning gay marriage.

On February 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision upholding the historic August 2010 ruling of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit concluded:

“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.”

The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directed by Michael A. Robinson, there will be two staged-readings, March 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and a student matinee on March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Performances are free, but ticket reservations are required. License for the play is authorized by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Brookhaven College Box Office at 972-860-4118 or at Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 1-5 p.m. and Friday from 1-3:30 p.m


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