Oscar winner George Clooney will appear in a benefit reading of Dustin Lance Black's 8, to be offered at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3.. Rob Reiner will direct the performance, which will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.Additional casting will be announced in the near future.
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.
Among Clooney's many screen credits are The Descendants, The Ides of March, Syriana, Up in the Air, and O Brother Where Art Thou?. His television credits include ER and Roseanne.
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