Dustin Lance Black sat in a San Francisco federal court last summer, watching in awe as two powerhouse lawyers – Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and attorney David Boies – presented a clear and persuasive argument in favor of same-sex marriage. The trial, an effort to overturn the gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8, struck Black as revelatory and something that others should have a chance to experience. Broadcast of the trial was barred by the Supreme Court, so the Academy Award-Winning screenwriter of “Milk” distilled thousands of pages of transcripts and interviews into a 90-minute play to share the event. The resultant work, entitled “8”, will be performed in a benefit reading on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 8 pm, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W 49th St, New York, NY.

The Broadway Premiere of “8”, which is directed by Joe Mantello, benefits the American Foundation for Equal Rights which financed the court challenge of Proposition 8. It features a remarkable cast. Bob Balaban, Ellen Barkin, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Anthony Edwards, Morgan Freeman, Cheyenne Jackson, Larry Kramer, Christine Lahti, John Lithgow, Rory O’Malley, Rob Reiner, Kate Shindle, Yeardley Smith, Stephen Spinella and Bradley Whitford combine to lend their artistic weight. Lightswitch is included in the circle of talent. Tapped to provide media design, we stand with the others in support of the organization and the cause. Following its staged reading on Broadway, “8” will be produced at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and elsewhere.

"8" Benefit Page