PlayMakers Repertory Company and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department of dramatic art will present a second staged reading of “8,” a new play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, in partnership with Raleigh Little Theatre
The performance on May 8 is at 12:30 p.m. in the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theater at Raleigh Little Theatre. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To make advance reservations, or for more information, call the Raleigh Little Theatre box office, (919) 821-3111, or visit www.raleighlittletheatre.org.
This performance follows an April 9 reading on the UNC campus and others in Asheville, Cary, Charlotte and Morehead City. To learn more, visit www.8theplay.com.
In 2008, voters in California passed Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. In 2010, that amendment was ruled unconstitutional in the historic Perry vs. Schwarzenegger trial. Combining trial testimony and interviews with the participants, “8” explores both sides of the debate surrounding marriage equality.
A cast of professional actors, students and community members will tackle this controversial issue in a reading of the play written by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “J Edgar”). Raleigh Little Theatre, PlayMakers and the dramatic art department will present the reading by permission from the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact. Private gifts to the UNC Department of Dramatic Art are making the performance possible.
For more information about the event partners, refer to http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/5124/66/.
PlayMakers contact: Tim Scales, (919) 225-7917,
Raleigh Little Theatre contact: Charles Phaneuf, (919) 821-4579,
News Services contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593,