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Press Release for Friday, November 16, 2012

UNF LGBT Resource Center Presents Landmark Marriage Equality Play

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


The University of North Florida Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, in association with the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, will present a one-night-only reading of “8,” the landmark play about California’s Proposition 8, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater, Building 14A, on the UNF campus.  


Written by Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of “Milk” and directed by Anne Goldbauer, “8” is about the unprecedented account of the federal district court trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry. Black based “8” on the actual trial transcripts, first-hand observations of what went on in the courtroom and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. Throughout 2012, AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing “8” for free to colleges and community theaters nationwide to spur action, dialogue and understanding.  


“With same sex marriage being approved by voters in three states—Washington, Maine and Maryland—and the Proposition 8 appeal going to the Supreme Court within a few months, I think it’s an important time to review the Prop 8 court case, as the testimony in the trial is truly fascinating,” said Barbara Jean Douglass, director of UNF’s LGBT Resource Center. “This is a historic case that the Jacksonville community should know about.” 


UNF students, faculty and staff, as well as Jacksonville community members will be featured in reading the play. The cost is $35 for VIP seating; $25, general admission; and free for all students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. Proceeds from the reading benefit the UNF LGBT Resource Center and AFER. Parking is free in the Fine Arts Center Parking Garage, Garage 44.  


“8” premiered on Broadway Sept. 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The West Coast premiere reading was at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre March 3 in Los Angeles, which featured an all-star cast led by Brad Pitt as U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker and George Clooney and Martin Sheen as plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson.


For more information about this event, contact the UNF LGBT Resource Center at (904) 620-4720.  


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