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Monster Mash: National tour planned for gay-marriage play '8'

January 17, 2012 |  7:40 am

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is co-sponsoring dozens of productions across the country of Dustin Lance Black's play "8,"which deals with Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.

Hitting the road: The American Foundation for Equal Rights is co-sponsoring dozens of productions across the country of Dustin Lance Black's play "8,"which deals with the court battle over Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. (Associated Press)

The Bard banned: Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is among the books barred in Tucson schools as Arizona lawmakers purge ethnic studies. (Salon

A date with Tony: The 66th Tony Awards are set for June 10, returning for a second year to the Beacon Theatre, after many years at Radio City Music Hall. (The American Theatre Wing)

Ladies man: "The O.C." alum Adam Brody lands the lead in the film adaptation of Neil LaBute's "Some Girls." (Variety)

Wanted: audiences: A new musical based on Craigslist ads is scheduled to open at Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. (Ad Week)

New gig: Jaap van Zweden, who is in his fourth season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed to a new role, music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. (Dallas Morning News)

The music stops: An examination of what was behind the demise of Opera Boston. (Boston Globe)

Crumbling theater: A woman's mission is to save Brooklyn's 32-year-old Paul Robeson Theater. (New York Daily News)

Banana split: The Velvet Underground is suing the Andy Warhol Foundation for allegedly licensing the famous fruit on the rock band's 1967 album cover (Bloomberg)

Also in the L.A. Times: Margaret Gray reviews the TV-turned-stage show "MythBusters: Behind the Myths," and British comic Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and “Extras,” returns to stand-up. 

-- Jamie Wetherbe

Photo: Lawyer Ted Olson, played by Gavin Creel, questions plaintiff Kris Perry, portrayed by Celia Keenan-Bolger, in a scene from the New York performance of "8." Credit: American Foundation for Equal Rights

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George Clooney joins L.A. cast of Prop. 8 play

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George Clooney is throwing his considerable star power behind the fight against Prop. 8 by signing on to appear in a reading of the  play "8" in Los Angeles. The play, by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, is scheduled to have a staged reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3.


 
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