Dustin Lance Black Play to Show on Broadway for One Night Only

Dustin Lance Black (Getty Images)

Dustin Lance Black (Getty Images)

Dustin Lance Black’s 8, a play based on the Proposition 8 anti-gay marriage law in California and subsequent legal battle, is to play at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on September 19 to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization that filed a lawsuit against the state of California to overturn the law. Press representatives for the production announced the fundraiser today; casting is to be announced shortly, though “high profile and award-winning actors” were promised by the production’s P.R. Mr. Black is best known for his screenplay for the film Milk; the play is to be directed by Joe Mantello, of (most recently) The Normal Heart.

8 is meant to be licensed to schools across the nation for productions, Laramie Project-style, though it’s perhaps surprising its life on Broadway will last but a night, given the recent success of Mr. Mantello’s Normal Heart.

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