8: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality


Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of MILK, wrote the play 8 about marriage equality when the federal court refused to release the video of the trial. It portrays what really happened in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial and was written using the court’s transcripts, journalists’ records and the testimonies of the people involved in the trial.

To the shock of many, Proposition 8 was voted to prohibit the previously legal marriage between two persons of the same sex in California. An enormous Anti-Prop 8 campaign was launched and the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) filed a lawsuit to get Proposition 8 repealed. In 2010, it was ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional and that there was no legitimate reason to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

The play features an ensemble of famous actors, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Christ Colfer. The YouTube video was recorded at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Ebell of Los Angeles and shared for free online. The text of the play was subsequently licensed free of charge for readings in campuses and community theatres.

The play presents many points of view in the debate over same-sex marriage and is very educational for all (understanding the views of people who are for AND against same-sex marriage).