Long Beach Play '8' is Public Theater's Coming Out Party
Cast members of "8"
A new theater entity opens Friday in Long Beach and rarely has a producing organization exploded from the box with a more emotionally charged subject or with such a familiar cast.
A new theater entity opens Friday in Long Beach and rarely has a producing organization exploded from the box with a more emotionally charged subject or with such a familiar cast.The entity is the Public Theatre of Long Beach. The play is 8, which dramatizes the courtroom battle that resulted in the overturning of Proposition 8 (the ballot proposition passed by California voters in November, 2008 that banned same-sex couples the right to marriage) On Aug., 4, 2010, a U.S. District Court overturned Prop 8 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. That 12-day trial is the basis of 8.
Though a victory for proponents of same-sex unions, the fat lady ain't sung yet. The U.S. Supreme Court will review Prop 8, this fall.
This production, while not exactly filled with current Hollywood A-listers, does feature an impressive cast, including Birney, Vereen, Joan Van Ark, and one of America's finest stage actors, Alan Mandell. It also includes some prominent Long Beach folk, like Vice Mayor Robert Garcia. All have volunteered their time for the play. After the performance, the cast as well as Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, two plaintiffs in the case, will speak and conduct a Q&A. "
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