Casting for all-star Prop. 8 play complete
Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon join George Clooney, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer and others in benefit LA performance
Glee star Chris Colfer (pictured) has joined the all-star cast of 8, a play based on the transcripts of the trial which led to an appeals court striking down California's Proposition 8 last week.
The one-night only performance, directed by Rob Reiner, will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3.
Already announced as part of the cast are George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown,Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Matthew Morrison, Rory O’Malley, >Yeardley Smith and George Takei.
Colfer, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Kurt Hummel on Glee, is one of several openly gay members of the cast. He will portray Ryan Kendall who testified about his experience being sent by his parents to so-called 'reparative therapy' as a teenager.
Also added to the cast are Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly and organizers say the all-star cast is now complete.
The performance of 8 is being presented by American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact. It was written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black who based it on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
'People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,' Black said Wednesday (15 February). 'I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’ The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.'