Luke Macfarlane
Luke Macfarlane
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Dustin Lance Black, Neil Giuliano, Cleve Jones, Luke Macfarlane, Jonathan Moscone, John A. Pérez and Holland Taylor will be featured in the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) benefit staged reading of Black's play 8, to be presented Sunday, October 7 at 7pm. Mark Rucker will direct.

The piece chronicles the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8. The plot is framed by the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010 and features the strongest arguments and testimony from both sides.

Proceeds will benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth participating in A.C.T.'s ACTsmart program, which offers free student matinee tickets and theater-based pre- and postshow workshops at no cost to 23 public high schools in the Bay Area (including all 18 San Francisco public high schools) with large populations of underserved, low-income students who otherwise would have little exposure to the arts.

To purchase tickets, visit act-sf.org. For additional information about 8, visit: www.8theplay.com.