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Dustin Lance Black's Prop. 8 play set for U.S. colleges

At least 40 schools will put on productions of 8 this year

Dustin Lance Black's Prop. 8 play set for U.S. colleges

They won't be starring George Clooney as an upcoming Los Angeles performance will, but Dustin Lance Black's play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8 will be performed at approximately 40 college campuses this year.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact announced Tuesday (17 January) that they are licensing the play to the colleges for free.

Black, who won the Academy Award in 2009 for his screenplay for the film Milk, based 8 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,' says Black who also wrote the screenplay for the recent feature film film J. Edgar. 

'I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story,’' he added.  '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.'

The play had a one-night benefit run on Broadway last fall with a similar-type event set to take place in Los Angeles in March.

Clooney will play the role of David Boies, one of the attorneys who fought for same-sex marriage in the landmark court case. It was announced this week that Glee star Matthew Morrison and White Collar star Matt Bomer will also be in the cast.

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