Dustin Lance Black’s latest play, “8,” will be read for one night only at Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre.
The play chronicles the historical trial of the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).
Using first-hand interviews and actual court transcripts from the landmark trial, audiences will see both sides of the debate, while learning about the historical context of marriage, the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gays and lesbians, and the emotional costs of discrimination.
Black, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Milk” in 2008, is a founding board member for AFER, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for all Americans, which also served as the sole sponsor for Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry), the federal court challenge of California’s Proposition 8.
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company “continues to strive to produce classic and contemporary theatre that addresses vital issues in our society, raises awareness, and encourages dialogue while entertaining.” This one-night performance begins at 8 p.m. May 10 at Peppermint Creek’s performance venue, located in the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, South Lansing.
For tickets and information, call 517-927-3016 or visit http://www.peppermintcreek.org.