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Play about marriage equality fight gets first Atlanta reading

Dustin Lance Black's '8'

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” will make its Atlanta debut Oct. 15 via a collaboration among several local organizations, including Georgia Equality, Actor’s Express, Stonewall Bar Association, and John Marshall School of Law’s OUTLaws and Allies student group. 

The high-profile play, dealing with the fight for marriage equality, was performed last year on Broadway and then was telecast from Los Angeles this spring around the world, both times with A-list readers/cast members. 

“8” is based on the real life Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, which sought to overturn the California ballot measure known as Proposition 8, which ended same-sex marriage in the state. High-profile lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson represented two gay couples who wanted to get married.

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[Video] Dustin Lance Black’s staged reading of ‘8’ coming to Atlanta

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The stage reading of "8" that includes actual testimony from the Prop 8 court case about gay marriage in California comes to Atlanta on Oct. 15, the Monday after Atlanta Pride.

Georgia Equality joins with the LGBT student group OUTLaws at John Marshall Law School, the Stonewall Bar Association and Actor's Express to produce "8" in Atlanta, according to a press release from Georgia Equality. The play will be performed at the 14th Street Playhouse.