In November of 2008, California voters enacted Proposition 8, a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment which proposed that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The validity of Prop 8 was subsequently upheld by the California Supreme Court, but a new organization called the American Foundation for Equal Rights challenged the ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
On January 11, 2010, the trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger opened under Judge Vaughn R. Walker, with high-profile trial lawyers – and former rivals – David Boies and Ted Olson joining forces in an unprecedented show of support for marriage equality. Dustin Lance Black's play 8 faithfully recreates the progression of the trial through original court transcripts and interviews conducted with the plaintiffs, as their story is brought to life before a live audience.
8 by Dustin Lance Black was produced for the stage by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact. Directed by Rob Reiner. The all-star cast also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more.
The broadcast includes three special features: a backstage conversation with George Clooney, Martin Sheen, John C. Reilly, and other stars of the production; an interview with Rob Reiner and Dustin Lance Black; and a conversation with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson.
"...everyone, regardless of political leaning, should hear this stunning production." - Audiofile Magazine review here