8 (Library Edition - Triplex Perma Case)

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9781580818896: 8 (Library Edition - Triplex Perma Case)

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Martin Sheen lead an all-star cast in a powerful portrait of an American civil rights struggle, written by Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men).

In November 2008, California's Proposition 8 stripped the freedom to marry away from gay and lesbian couples. Now, two of the nation's most renowned attorneys, under the auspices of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, have joined forces to challenge Proposition 8 under the United States Constitution. "8" faithfully recreates the progression of the historic 2010 federal trial through original court transcripts and interviews conducted with the plaintiffs, as their stories are brought to life before a live audience.

Exclusive interviews include:
- Dustin Lance Black and Rob Reiner, playwright and director of "8"
- David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, lead attorneys for the plaintiffs challenging Proposition 8
- Backstage interview montage with actors George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and James Pickens, Jr.

A full-cast performance featuring:
Brad Pitt as Chief Judge Vaughn Walker
George Clooney as David Boies
Martin Sheen as Theodore B. Olson
Kevin Bacon as Charles Cooper
Jamie Lee Curtis as Sandy Stier
Christine Lahti as Kris Perry
John C. Reilly as David Blankenhorn
Jane Lynch as Maggie Gallagher
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Dr. Ilan Meyer
Matthew Morrison as Paul Katami
Chris Colfer as Ryan Kendall
Yeardley Smith as Dr. Nancy Cott
Matt Bomer as Jeff Zarrillo
George Takei as Dr. William Tam
Rory O&-#-39-;Malley as Dr. Gregory Herek
Cleve Jones as Evan Wolfson
James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Gary Segura
Jansen Panettiere as Elliott Perry
Bridger Zadina as Spencer Perry
Vanessa Garcia as Clerk
Campbell Brown as Broadcast Journalist

Directed by Rob Reiner. Recorded before a live audience at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles on March 3, 2012.

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About the Author:

DUSTIN LANCE BLACK (Playwright, AFER Founding Board Member) is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for MILK and was a writer and producer of the acclaimed TV series Big Love. He recently completed his feature directorial debut, Virginia, and penned the screenplay for J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo Dicaprio. Black is also a noted equal rights advocate. He was a leading opponent of Prop. 8 during the 2008 election, was a featured speaker at the 2009 March on Washington, has spoken at scores of colleges across North America and Europe, topped The Advocate magazine's list of "Forty Under 40," and has repeatedly been listed in OUT Magazine's "50 Most Powerful LGBT persons."

Review:

STARRED REVIEW: 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 Foundation 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. (June) --Publishers Weekly

STARRED REVIEW: Academy Award-winning screenwriter Black dramatizes the lawsuit filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights on behalf of numerous gay and lesbian citizens against that state of California following the passage of Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment rendering single-sex marriages illegal. The dialog comes directly from court transcripts and interviews with the plaintiffs. Rob Reiner directs a stellar cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen, John C. Reilly, Christine Lahti, and Jamie Lee Curtis in this live production recorded in March. The scenes alternate between the courtroom and a married lesbian couple discussing the trial with their children. This is powerful stuff that's handled with finesse and honest emotion by Reiner and his Hollywood heavyweights. Although Clooney and company all deliver top performances, Sheen brings down the house with a three-minute speech that will leave listeners breathless. VERDICT A monumentally important subject presented stylishly by a four-star cast. This superb production deserves a standing ovation. Any listener interested in the subject will be enthralled. --Library Journal

EARPHONES AWARD WINNER: For his intensely emotional play, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (J. EDGAR) draws on actual transcripts of the 2010 trial that examined the unconstitutionality of California's notorious Proposition 8, which eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry. At turns comical and deeply upsetting, the play is beautifully cast from Brad Pitt's subtle Chief Judge Walker to George Clooney's gentlemanly attorney, Boies. Jane Lynch s expert portrayal of Maggie Gallagher (National Organization for Marriage) is downright maddening, and Chris Colfer s reading of Ryan Kendall will make you desperate to go home and hug your kids. But the trial isn't the crux of this story. Instead, it is the portrayals of the Perry family (Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jansen Panettiere, and Bridger Zadina) that are the most authentic, the most tender, the most crucial to understanding why everyone, regardless of political leaning, should hear this stunning production. A.H.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award --Audiofile Magazine

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Yeardley Smith and Matt Bomer are in the cast. Oscar-winning (Milk) Dustin Lance Black wrote the script. Rob Reiner is the director. So you want to know what the movie is, and why you haven't heard of it. Well, whadya know? It's not a movie. It's 8, a two-CD L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) recording ($29.95, 128 minutes) of a concert reading of a play taken from the transcript of the California District 12 trial instigated by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER). It's the one co --Audiofile Magazine

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Yeardley Smith and Matt Bomer are in the cast. Oscar-winning (Milk) Dustin Lance Black wrote the script. Rob Reiner is the director. So you want to know what the movie is, and why you haven't heard of it. Well, whadya know? It's not a movie. It's 8, a two-CD L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) recording ($29.95, 128 minutes) of a concert reading of a play taken from the transcript of the California District 12 trial instigated by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER). It's the one concerning the constitutionality of the state's Proposition 8, which overturned the same-sex marriage law only months after it had been instated. Uh-oh, you're thinking. a court transcript. The proceedings -- in which Chief Judge Vaughn Walker (Pitt) ultimately finds for the plaintiffs -- could be cut-and-dry. They aren't. They're juicy as can be with anti-8 lawyers and old friends (often on opposing sides of an issue) David Boies (Clooney) and Theodore B. Olson (Sheen) undercutting defense attorney Charles Cooper (Bacon) left, right and center. As they present hefty arguments for their contentions, defanging the only two witnesses Cooper can muster, they see to it the sheer weight of their belief that same-sex couples indisputably have the right to wed is irrefutable. Dramatist Black -- who, like everyone associated with the project, insists there's no denying these civil rights -- doesn't rely solely on the court record to make his theatrical point. To alternate with the court events, he includes scenes shared by one of the two couples whom AFER is specifically championing. Sandy Stier (Curtis) and Kris Perry (Lahti) carry on a continuing discussion with sons Elliott (Jansen Panettiere) and Spencer (Bridger Zadina) over the boys' difficulty with understanding the necessity of the case. The family devotion they represent is understatedly established. Particularly emotional before Chief Judge Walker hands down his decision are speeches given by Kris Perry on her fight to have a child and by Paul Katami (Morrison), partnered with Jeff Zarrillo (Bomer), on how his self-esteem is permanently affected after an incident in which his sexuality is mocked by a stranger. The claims made for dignity in both instances pack a heartfelt punch. 8 may strike some as preaching to the choir. It could provoke some detractors adamantly convinced that same-sex unions aren't guaranteed by the Constitution. They might insist Black's treatment is biased, that he has somehow jiggled the evidence for liberal purposes. The truth is, it isn't and he hasn't. There's simply no possible substantiation for the opposite view. With the celebrity cache of those appearing on it -- certainly dedicated AFER founder Reiner lending support -- the CDs add significantly to the growing conviction that nation-wide same-sex marriage rights are inevitable. The weight of this landmark case is supplemented by three interviews LATW director Susan Albert Loewenberg conducts with several of the actors, with lawyers Boies and Olson, and with Black and Reiner. Each of the committed partisans speaks lucidly and passionately about his or her participation and why Black's play, available to be presented wherever there's regional or community interest, demands attention. --Huffington Post

EARPHONES AWARD WINNER: For his intensely emotional play, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (J. EDGAR) draws on actual transcripts of the 2010 trial that examined the unconstitutionality of California's notorious Proposition 8, which eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry. At turns comical and deeply upsetting, the play is beautifully cast from Brad Pitt's subtle Chief Judge Walker to George Clooney's gentlemanly attorney, Boies. Jane Lynch s expert portrayal of Maggie Gallagher (National Organization for Marriage) is downright maddening, and Chris Colfer s reading of Ryan Kendall will make you desperate to go home and hug your kids. But the trial isn't the crux of this story. Instead, it is the portrayals of the Perry family (Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jansen Panettiere, and Bridger Zadina) that are the most authentic, the most tender, the most crucial to understanding why everyone, regardless of political leaning, should hear this stunning production. A.H.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award --Audiofile Magazine

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