The DC Theatre Collective will present a one-night-only benefit reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, less than a month before Marylanders go to the polls to make a historic decision about same sex marriage. The play will be performed on October 8 at Round House Theatre Silver Spring.

8 is an account of the Federal District Court trial of the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to overturn Proposition 8 in California. There will be discussion after the play with experts and advocates about the legal and political fight for marriage equality in Maryland. The panel will be moderated by Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed and include representatives from Equality Maryland and Marylanders for Marriage Equality.

The cast of actors includes Frank Britton, Caleb Caudill, Felicia Curry, Chris Dinolfo, Lee Mikeska Gardner, Will Gartshore, Chris Geidner, Rick Hammerly, Lisa Hodsoll, James Konicek, Susan Lynskey, Rose McConnell, Scott McCormick, Carl Menninger, Jared Mercier, Tom Story, MaryBeth Wise, and Jaysen Wright.

8 is written by Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning author of the feature film Milk. Proceeds from the event will benefit AFER and Equality Maryland.

For more information visit www.dctheatrecollective.com.