American Conservatory Theater is set to present the Bay Area premiere of American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) founding board member Dustin Lance Black's 8 in a staged reading, October 7 at 7 pm.

8 is framed by the of the federal district court trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger's historic closing arguments in June 2010. Scenes include flashbacks to some of the moments of the trial, such as the admission by the Proposition 8 supporters' star witness, David Blankenhorn, that "we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before."

The cast will be announced at a later date.

Proceeds from the reading benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth participating in A.C.T.'s ArtReach program, which offers free student matinee tickets and pre- and post-show workshops at no cost to 23 public high schools in the Bay Area.

For more information and tickets to this reading of 8, click here.