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The SouthlAreTheatre Ensemble will stage '8' Oct. 25-26 Center for Performing Arts Governors State University.  |  slatetheatre.org photo

The Southland Area Theatre Ensemble will stage "8" on Oct. 25-26 at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University. | slatetheatre.org photo

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Updated: November 20, 2012 10:33AM



A play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, “8” is coming to Governors State University.

The show will be staged at 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26 in Sherman Hall, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park.

Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, “8” is a production of the Southland Area Theater Ensemble.

The play is being presented with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights, of which Black is a founding board member, and Broadway Impact.

The play is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry.

Following both performances of the play, GSU provost Terry Allison will lead a panel discussion on civil discourse, civil rights and marriage equality.

Admission to “8” is free with reservations. To reserve tickets, contact the Center for Performing Arts at GSU at centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222.

The SLATE production is directed by J.R. Rose.

Cast members include Rob Bowden, Deb Brunette-Cairns, CJ Butler, Chuck Cairns, Jessica Carpenter, Regina Gadotti, Steve Greist, Joe Hoyt, Meghan Hoyt, Christopher Kelley, Curt Lang, Angela Latham, Tyler McMahon, Warren Sampson, Patrick Santoro, Jo Schaffer and Kevin Wall.

Four cast members on “The Glee Project”Aylin Bayramoglu, Charlie Lubeck, Dani Shay and Ali Stroker — also are featured in “8.”

They were cast members in the second season of “The Glee Project,” an Oxygen channel TV series that serves as an audition for the Fox musical comedy TV series “Glee.”

Bayramoglu and Stroker were runners-up in the competition.

The story for “8” is framed by the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, and features the best arguments and testimony from both sides.

Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more jaw-dropping moments of trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 8 supporters’ star witness, David Blankenhorn, that “we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before.”

Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film “Milk” and the film “J. Edgar,” based “8” on the actual words of the trial transcripts, firsthand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

On Feb. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision upholding the historic August 2010 ruling of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

SLATE was established in 2009 as an artistic collaboration between the Center for Performing Arts, local theater educators and veterans of area community theater companies.

SLATE has produced four critically acclaimed summer productions directed by J.R. Rose: “Into the Woods” in 2009, “The Wedding Singer” in 2010, “Ragtime” in 2011, and “Legally Blonde: The Musical” in 2012.

Information: slatetheatre.org.

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