FREMONT - With license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact, Fremont Community Theatre has prepared a two-night reading of "8," a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8.
Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, "8" had its Broadway world premiere in September 2011 and its Los Angeles premiere in March 2012. Fremont Community Theatre is to present the 400th reading of "8: The Play" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The production is an account of the Federal District Court trial in "Perry v. Schwarzenegger" (later "Hollingsworth v. Perry"), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, the 2008 decision that stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry.
The cast of “8” includes (front row, from left) Mitch Antesky, Joey Magnuson; (middle row, from left) director Mindie Ottney, Cyndi Hineline, Michael PJ Foos, Delilah Foos, Sandy Kimmel; (back row, from left) Hilary Frater, Scott Berry and Cheryl Bolton.
June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, once again allowing same sex couples to marry in California.
Sandy Kimmel of Tiffin is among the 22 actors performing. The cast includes actors from Fremont, Gibsonburg, Toledo, Tiffin, Huron, Clyde, Bellevue, Sandusky, Rossford and Findlay.
Using the actual legal transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Proposition 8 and first hand interviews, "8" shows both sides of the debate in the 90-minute production.
A talkback will directly follow the performance. The cast, audience and expert panelists, including representatives from local LGBT organizations, campus and political leaders and marriage equality advocates, are to discuss the play and learn ways to get involved locally and spark a dialogue in the community.
Fremont Community Theatre is located at 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Admission for this show is a donation.