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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Guided Discussions Added to Schedule for "8"

Guided Discussions Added to Schedule for "8"

Theatre Brookhaven has taken on the challenge of performing "8" by Dustin Lance Black this spring. The play is based on actual trial transcripts from the landmark case that reversed the ban on same-sex marriage in California.

In addition to the readings, the Theater Department has now added a guided discussion with Michael A. Robinson, director, and Bonnie DePasse, J.D., local attorney, after each performance to give the audience an opportunity to share their experiences with the play.

"8" recounts the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry) that eventually overturned Proposition 8, which revoked the rights of gay and lesbian couples in California to marry. The play's script examines the human rights implications of banning gay marriage.

While under appeal, the ban on same-sex marriage has remained in place, though the California courts have twice ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

There will be two public performances of "8," March 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and a private student matinee on March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Performances are free, but ticket reservations are recommended. License for the play is authorized by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, AFER, and Broadway Impact.