Martin Sheen
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Martin Sheen
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Martin Sheen will play Theodore B. Olson in the Los Angeles premiere of Dustin Lance Black's 8, to be offered as a benefit reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Rob Reiner will direct -- and appear in -- the performance, which will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

The play, which received a reading on Broadway in September, has been crafted from the transcripts of the Proposition 8 trial over same-sex marriage in California. Among the characters in the piece are Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, the lawyers for the two gay couples who sued California over the ban; Charles J. Cooper, the lead defense counsel; Kristin M. Perry and Sandra B. Stier, a lesbian couple who were among the plaintiffs; and the judge, Vaughn R. Walker of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California.

As previously reported, the performance will also feature George Clooney as Boies, Jamie Lee Curtis as Stier, Christine Lahti as Perry, Jane Lynch as Maggie Gallagher, and Matthew Morrison as Paul Katami, along with Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Rory O'Malley, Yeardley Smith, and George Takei.

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