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Plan-B Theater Company: 8

It’s hard to imagine, but it was almost four years ago that the LDS Church used its bully pulpits all over the state of California to help pass the controversial Proposition 8—a state constitutional amendment that eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry.

Fast forward just a few years, and Dustin Lance Black—best known for winning an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the film Milk—used the circus of a trial that eventually overturned the unseemly ballot initiative to create a brand-new docudrama titled 8. Black used the actual transcripts from the legal battle to augment additional interviews, painting a well-rounded picture of the two couples who chose to stand up and fight when they were denied their right to marry.

As part of its continuing commitment to socially conscious and relevant theater, Plan-B Theatre Company decided to bring 8 here for a staged reading by more than 20 local actors. Designed as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights—an organization co-founded by Black that is fighting for federal marriage equality—the evening will include a post-show discussion with both the writer and Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Frank, for his part, has been an outspoken advocate for the cause and just became the first sitting federally elected official to legally enter into a same-sex marriage. Jim Ready, Frank’s longtime partner and now husband, will also be exhibiting his artistic photographs (example pictured) that document the gay-civil-rights and marriage-equality movements. (Jacob Stringer)

Date: Aug 4, 2012
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Jeanne Wagner Theatre