It’s all over the headlines and now it’s on stage too: gay marriage rights, coming this Saturday to the Norton Clapp Theatre at the University of Puget Sound. A staged reading of docudrama “8” by playwright Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” “J. Edgar”) comes courtesy of Found Space Productions, last seen on the Hilltop in a temporary Spaceworks site producing edgy plays by Albee and others.
“8” is basically the court case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (the American Foundation for Equal Rights versus California’s 2008 anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8) turned into theater. Just written last year, the mix of trial transcripts read by actors, interviews and original Prop 8 TV ads was intended to give the public a true account of what happened in the 2009 trial, which eventually led to the overturn of the proposition.
Playwright Dustin Lance Black is also known for his screenplays for the films “Milk,” for which he won an Oscar, and “J. Edgar.” Since September 2011, more than 200 readings of “8” have been performed around the world. With state referendum 74 on the ballot for November to decide on Washington’s own same-sex marriage laws, the performance “is especially timely,” said director Suzy Willhoft in a press release. The reading features 21 Tacoma and Seattle actors.