L.A. Theatre Works is proud to present a rare opportunity for your listeners to hear Hollywood’s biggest stars in “8″, a play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8.
The Associated Press (AP) just released an article about “8″ as well. You can read the AP article here.
Below are two reviews of L.A. Theatre Works “8″.
Dustin Lance Black, read by a full cast. L.A. Theatre Works, unabridged, two CDs, 2 hrs., $17.95 ISBN 978-1-58081-888-9
Recorded in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, this full-cast, all-star production of Black’s play chronicles the efforts of the American Federation for Equal Rights to overturn Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. Directed by Rob Reiner and featuring outstanding performances from the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, John C. Reilly, and Jane Lynch (just to name a few), this audiobook provides an inside look at the historical trial that overturned Prop 8. Among the standout performances are Clooney and Sheen as attorneys David Bois and Theodore B. Olson, respectively, Lynch as the fiery Maggie Gallagher, and Pitt as evenhanded Chief Judge Vaughn Walker. Educational, affecting, funny, and absolutely gripping, this important audiobook should be required listening for all Americans.
BOOKLIST MAGAZINE (American Library Association’s Trade Journal):
*Starred Review* 8.
By Dustin Lance Black. Read by George Clooney and others.
2012. 2hr. LA Theatre Works, CD, $29.95 (9781580818896).
First published June 1, 2012 (Booklist).
In November 2008, California voters enacted Proposition 8: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In 2010 the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) filed a case in the U.S. District Court to overturn this amendment, which eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. This outstanding audio of a play written by Black and directed by Rob Reiner, based on the closing arguments of the AFER case, was performed in Los Angeles in March 2012. Clooney and Martin Sheen play high-powered attorneys David Boles and Theodore B. Olson, respectively, and Brad Pitt is Chief Judge Vaughn Walker. But that’s just the tip of the acting iceberg, with other roles read by Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more. And, yes, the cast is star-studded, but what also makes the audio so memorable is how Black’s play gets to the heart of the case. Sheen’s voicing of closing arguments brings down the house. Adding lightness to the proceedings are comments from the plaintiffs’ teenage sons (played by Jansen Panettiere and Bridger Zadina), who would rather be anywhere than inside a California courtroom. The not-to-be-missed second disc features enlightening interviews with actors and others, including attorneys and former courtroom-rivals Boles and Olson, who came together in support of gay rights.