Prop. 8 play reading in L.A. still on following court ruling
The planned L.A. reading of the play "8," featuring George Clooney, Matthew Morrison and others, will take place as scheduled on March 3, following Tuesday's ruling by a U.S. appeals court declaring California's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.
"8," by Dustin Lance Black, will have a one-night staged reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The cast also includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matt Bomer, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Rory O'Malley and Cleve Jones.
The reading, which will be directed by Rob Reiner, will serve as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a group launched by Black, Reiner and others to fight Prop. 8, the controversial California ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage in the state.
The court ruling on Tuesday doesn't mean the fight over Prop. 8 is over. Supporters of the ban can appeal the decision to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit court or take it directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A spokeswoman for the American Foundation for Equal Rights confirmed Tuesday that the L.A. premiere of "8" will take place as scheduled. She said that the money raised from the reading will be used to fund the group's work "in securing full federal marriage equality."
"8" is based on court transcripts and interviews surrounding the 2010 federal court case Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, which sought to overturn Prop. 8.
-- David Ng
Photo: George Clooney. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press