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Saturday, March 3, 2012


Beginning at 9:45 pm, Texas time (is there any other kind?) via YouTube or AFER.
Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, "8" is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

11:15 Texas time: The play's over, but it will be posted soon on YouTube and I'll repost it here on the Blue Truck when it is available.

I must admit, I'd heard this play was in the works months ago, but I couldn't imagine how anyone could make a lengthy court proceeding into a play without a lot of boredom; yet the writer, Dustin Lance Black, did just that, and the all-star cast was great.

I have to tell you, boys, when all those big stars walked out on stage at the beginning, your Head Trucker lost it for a moment or two:  in some sense I felt they were coming out for me, and for my Cody, and the little dog, and that life we had together for a flicker of time, in that tiny little town far out on the prairie - that this play was ultimately about us, and the millions of others like us, who wanted, and want, nothing more than to live a quiet, happy life just as the relatives and the neighbors do, a life protected and respected by the laws, a life of equal dignity and honor under the Constitution and the noblest principles of this Republic.

A life free from fear and free from interference: the equal protection of the laws, the pursuit of happiness. A life of Yes, not of No - of sunshine, not of shadow - of I Do, not of You Can't.

Just like everyone else. And bless God, that day is finally dawning for us all in this land - may it come quickly.

Update:  Here's the complete play, which runs an hour and a half; when the red button appears on the screen, click it to get started at the right place.

And one of the most memorable lines tonight was not in the script: after the play was over, attorneys for our side Ted Olson and David Boies were called onstage, where Boies remarked: "We put fear and prejudice on trial, and fear and prejudice lost."


Frank said...

Thanks Russ,
We will watch this later. I wonder why there was so little publicity?

Russ Manley said...

I don't know, I only caught it by mere chance, sitting down to eat some KFC and looking for something to watch on YT.

But it's definitely worth watching.

tamayn said...

I'm watching it right now. John C. Reilly is incredible as David Blankenhorn.

Russ Manley said...

Yeah, he was very funny in that role.

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