Back in September, Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre played host to a one-night-only showing of Dustin Lance Black's play about California's Proposition 8 debate, titled 8. Like most people, chances are you couldn't make it to the star-studded fund-raiser.
According to the Associated Press, the groups are sponsoring productions of the play by Black--Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk fame--in states across the country where battles over marriage rights are soon to be fought.
The play is based on transcripts from the trial and interviews with some of the key players, but not on trial footage, since supporters of the anti-gay legislation have thus far succeeded in barring the video footage from public view.
Showings in battleground states such as Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, and North Carolina will be funded in part through proceeds from the New York production and the upcoming Los Angeles production starring George Clooney.
With any luck, the play will help sway public opinion in favor of equal rights in states where they are at risk or where they might soon be granted.