Riverside Theatre in collaboration with Working Group Theatre is proud to present a special reading of the play “8” on Thursday, November 15 at Riverside Theatre. "8" is an account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. The play is written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member, Dustin Lance Black (writer of Big Love and Milk) and local actors and community members will theatrically read the script. After the show there will be a talk-back for audience members with State Representative Vicki Lensing and Molly Tafoya of OneIowa about the landscape of marriage equality in Iowa, and nationally.
Following the talk-back, audience members will be invited to a lobby reception sponsored by Devotay, for light food, drink and conversation.
Date, Time & Ticket Details
Special Reading, “8” by Dustin Lance Black
Thursday, November 15, 7:30PM, Riverside Theatre, 213 N Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa
Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office at (319) 338-7672.
A portion of the ticket proceeds goes to American Foundation for Equal Rights.
All ticket holders are invited to attend the post-show talk-back and reception; sponsored by Devotay.
Additional Links, Information and
Video from the Broadway Premiere
National website for the play "8".
OneIowa, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization.
Working Group Theatre creates plays and events in collaboration with artists and community partners. WGT's past work in area of LGBT rights and advocacy included "Make it Better, Iowa" a project working with LGBT youth and theatre training. Find out more here."
"8" Cast for the Riverside Theatre & Working Group Theatre Collaboration
Maggie Gallagher (Marriage equality opponent)- Meredith Alexander
Charles J. Cooper (Proponents’ attorney) - Martin Andrews
David Blankenhorn (Proponents’ witness) - Rip Russell
Theodore B. Olson (Plaintiffs’ attorney) - Tim Budd
Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker- Ron Clark*
David Boies (Plaintiffs’ attorney)- David Combs*
Evan Wolfson (Marriage equality advocate)- Kurt Michael Friese
Kris Perry (Plaintiff)- Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers
Stage Directions - Jody Hovland*
Ryan Kendall (Plaintiffs’ witness)- Matt James
Dr. Gregory Herek (Plaintiffs’ witness)- Michael Lensing
Dr. Nancy Cott (Plaintiffs’ witness)- Kim Marra
Paul Katami (Plaintiff)- Chris Okiishi
Clerk/ Broadcast Journalist- Jefri Palermo
Spencer (Kris & Sandy’s son)- Osean Perez
Elliott (Kris & Sandy’s son)- Grant Reed
Dr. Ilan Meyer (Plaintiffs’ witness)- Janelle Rettig
Dr. William Tam (Prop. 8 proponent)- David Rust
Sandy Stier (Plaintiff)- Mary O'Sullivan*
Dr. Gary Segura (Plaintiffs’ witness)- Alan Swanson
Jeff Zarrillo (Plaintiff)- Ryan West*
* Appears Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Director/Stage Manager - Sean Christopher Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager - Nan Martin
Sound & Light Engineer - Drew Bielinski
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