Dustin Lance Black’s “8,” Eugene O’Neill Theater, New York, NY, September 19, 2011
On September 19, a one-night-only performance of Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black’s docu-play 8, based on the trial that overturned California’s Proposition 8, wowed a packed house at the Eugene O‘Neill Theater on Broadway. Yes, that Broadway.
Among those who walked the red carpet were the actual trial heroes, attorneys for the plaintiffs David Boies and Ted Olson, as well as the plaintiffs themselves: Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami.
The cast included Broadway stars such as Emmy and Tony Award winner Ellen Barkin, Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell, and Kate Shindle. Morgan Freeman played attorney David Boies, and John Lithgow played attorney Ted Olson. ER star Anthony Edwards played an expert witness, and many other household names were also thrown into the mix.
Jayne Houdyshell delivered a hilariously cantankerous portrayal of marriage equality arch-nemesis Maggie Gallagher, and Rob Reiner‘s turn as a pompous expert witness had the audience in stitches.
The producers intend for others around the country to adopt the script a la Laramie Project and Vagina Monologues to stage their own productions of 8.
Dustin Lance Black with David Boies and Ted Olson
Prop 8 plaintiffs
Out New York City council speaker Christine Quinn
The cast receiving a standing ovation