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George Clooney, Brad Pitt reading of '8' comes to CD and download

May 03, 2012|By Jamie Wetherbe
  • George Clooney, left, with Martin Sheen; Brad Pitt in a scene from the play "8," at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
George Clooney, left, with Martin Sheen; Brad Pitt in a scene from the play… (Jason Merrit / Getty Images…)

Life has been extended for the star-studded reading of the play "8." Dustin Lance Black's  dramatization of the legal fight against California’s Proposition 8 will air on at 8 p.m. June 10 on 90.7 FM KPFK.

The reading — which featured Kevin Bacon, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen and John C. Reilly, among others — also will be available June 1 on CD and for digital download via iTunes and Amazon and on demand at as of June 9, L.A. Theatre Works announced Thursday.

The broadcast features added audio, including conversations with Rob Reiner, who directed the March 3 staging, as well as Black, Clooney and other cast members, plus interviews with lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson who led the charge in the courtroom against Prop. 8, the gay marriage ban.

The dramatic reading — a 90-minute union of celebrity and social justice — was assembled from court testimony, interviews and the fallout of the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger case. The March 3 event packed the 1,270-seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre and served as a benefit for marriage equality that raised more than $2 million.

The play was streamed live on YouTube and has since racked up nearly 600,000 views and some 5,500 ”likes.” Although when we tuned in recently, a 20-second “Yes on 8” advertisement preceded the show.

Offstage, the legal drama of Prop. 8 continues: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal in February upheld the federal district court’s ruling that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. But the final act of same-sex couples’ right to wed in California has yet to be written.


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