On Wednesday 11 July a sold out audience at Maidment Theatre was treated to a one-off reading of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s 8 – The Play. So unique was the show that you wont see the same actors together on stage doing the reading again. Ever. The play is only done once in each city.
Some of New Zealand’s top acting talent including Robyn Malcolm, Jennifer Ward-Leyland and Rainbow Youth’s own Sam Shore were involved in the production which portrays the actual events of Perry vs Schwarzenegger, the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.
The night was unanimously a success and even better is the fact that all proceeds are going to Rainbow Youth and AFER. Awesome! Here’s hoping discussions continue in NZ around the important topics of equality the play, and following panel discussion, raised.
If you didn’t get the chance to see the show first hand here’s some of the reviews:
Click here for Gaynz’s review.
Click here for Gay Express’ review.
Click here for New Zealand Herald’s review.
For more about the original reading which includes Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Jamie-Lee Curtis, check out www.8theplay.com
Thanks to everyone who donated to Rainbow Youth – WTF and AFER on the night and cheers to all the actors, Maidment staff, and others involved who all gave their time for free!