Playwright and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's work 8 will be given a staged reading at the Civic Theatre Sunday, April 21 at 7 p.m. The reading is presented by Southern Rep and the Forum For Equality.
8 is about the debate over gay marriage surrounding California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot proposition and state constitutional amendment that declared the state would only recognize marriages between a man and a woman. It was passed, and appeals of its constitutionality reached the Supreme Court in recent weeks, along with another case about the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Black won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2009 for Milk, the film about murdered gay San Francisco councilman Harvey Milk. He authored the screen play for J. Edgar, starring Leo DiCaprio as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. He also was a writer for HBO's Big Love.
Black will attend the reading and a reception for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are $15-$100.