Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jane Lynch, Dustin Lance Black Raise Millions For Marriage Equality With '8'
Watch Black's moving and star-studded play in its entirety
March 05 2012 9:30 AM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
Saturday night, Lindsay Lohan on SNL wasn't the only thing people were dying to see.
People from around the world were able to watch a live stream of a staged reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black's play adapted from trial transcripts about California's Proposition 8. And it wasn't just activism that was drawing them in; Black's staged reading, directed by Rob Reiner, featured the talent of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, John C. Reilly, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Christine Lahti.
The stars weren't only on stage, either. The audience was packed with marriage equality fans including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Sally Field, Vanessa Williams, Leonard Nimoy, Toni Collette, Sofia Vergara, and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
This wasn't just a chance for celebs to get together and read for their glittering friends, however. According to Black, "People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter."
In a statement, the screenwriter continued, "I've built my career around exposing and uncovering 'the real story.' The goal of 8 is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. We are doing all we can to help speed that process along."
The reading raised over $2 million for marriage equality causes.
To watch the entire show below, fast forward to about 30 minutes in.