Season 3/”8″

Production 3 – “8” a play by Dustin Lance Black

Triangle Circle Players cannot take the credit for producing this production, as it is being produced by Villagers Theatre. And thus it can’t even be considered our 3rd season. However in the interest of cross-promoting the Villagers Production, and since Darren Nye is the Director, we are including the information herein.

Directed by Darren Nye
Presented by Villagers Theatre
in association with Broadway Impact and AFER

to be performed May 17, 18 and 19 2013


Seeking Cast and Crew!!

If you want to be involved as a cast member or crew, see their Auditions page.

In a Nutshell – from the Director:

In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that marriage was a “fundamental right” during “In re Marriage Cases”, hereby holding unconstitutional the previously existing statutory ban on same-sex marriage in the state of California. However on election day 2008, citizens of California passed the Proposition 8 ballot (7mil yes, 6.4mil no), which overturned the California Supreme Court ruling and re-wrote the California state constitution to ban marriage for gay and lesbian citizens.

In response, two couples, Sandy Stier & Kris Perry and Jeff Zarrillo & Paul Katami, filed suit against Proposition 8 in Federal Court. Representing them in “Perry v. Schwarzenegger” were Ted Olson and David Boies, most famous for representing the opposing sides in Bush v. Gore in the 2000 disputed Presidential election.

Olson and Boies argued in favor of broadcasting the trial live, and Republican-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker agreed. But the opponents of marriage equality filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which blocked plans to broadcast the proceedings. It is thought by some that the opponents feared that Californians may see a weak defense and a strong plaintiff case (if aired publicly) and thus Californians would subsequently sympathize with the gay and lesbian plight, and this is why the opponents pushed to block video taping. Thus, the nation was denied access to the live testimony of Sandy & Kris and Jeff & Paul.

Federal Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 on August 4 2010 in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, ruling that it violated both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the United States Constitution.

On February 7, 2012, in a 2–1 decision, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed Walker’s decision declaring the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The panel also unanimously affirmed that Judge Vaughn Walker was not obligated to recuse himself from the case because he is gay.

“8” was written to show what happened during the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial which resulted in the unconstitutional ruling, using first-hand interviews of those involved, and the actual court transcripts.

This play represents both sides of the gay marriage and equality debate in a moving 90-minute performance.

This is not a fully staged play; it is a reading (meant to be educate the public), with scripts in hand.

Since the writing of “8”, Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now known as “Hollingsworth v. Perry”) was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 2013.

A decision is expected to be announced by the end of June 2013. Gay Marriage is currently not legal in New Jersey; only Civil Unions are legal.

From Broadway Impact and the Playwright:

Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. “8”—a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar)—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.

The goal of ’8′ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light.

For further information on the script, see

View the original All-Star Premiere

To view the University of Michigan premiere, see It featured an all-star cast including Kevin Bacon (as Charles Cooper); Matt Bomer (as Jeff Zarrillo); Campbell Brown (as Broadcast Journalist); George Clooney (as David Boies); Chris Colfer (as Ryan Kendall); Jamie Lee Curtis (as Sandy Stier); Jesse Tyler Ferguson (as Dr. Ilan Meyer); Vanessa E. Garcia (as Clerk); Cleve Jones (as Evan Wolfson); Christine Lahti (as Kris Perry); Jane Lynch (as Maggie Gallagher); Matthew Morrison (as Paul Katami); Rory O’Malley (as Dr. Gregory Herek); Jansen Panettiere (as Elliott Perry); James Pickens Jr. (as Dr. Gary Segura); Brad Pitt (as Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker); John C. Reilly (as David Blankenhorn); Martin Sheen (as Theodore B. Olson); Yeardley Smith (as Dr. Nancy Cott); George Takei (as Dr. William Tam); Bridger Zadina (as Spencer Perry).

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