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AUDITIONS FOR 8

When: Saturday August 27, 2022 @ 12 pm
Sunday August 28, 2022 @ 6 pm
Where: The Candy Bank
201 Carroll St. Mandevill, LA 70448

8 is a recreation of the closing arguments of the actual trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger. This trial was the one that overthrew California’s Proposition 8 amendment that placed a ban on gay marriage and nullified any current homosexual marriages. When this trial occurred, it gained national attention, but the courts would not let the trial be aired on public television. Dustin Lance Black took the transcripts of the trial, as well as actual commercials that were aired on television at the time, to recreate exactly what went on in that courtroom when peoples’ rights to marriage were restored.

Auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. All actors are volunteer positions. Those wanting to do research can click here for a copy of the script to read in advance. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to fill out audition forms.

 

THE CHARACTERS

All roles are open

 

THE COURT

VAUGHN R. WALKER

Judge

originally played by Brad Pitt

THEODORE OLSON

Lawyer for Plaintiffs

originally played by Martin Sheen

DAVID BOIES

Lawyer for Plaintiffs

originally played by George Clooney

CHARLES J. COOPER

Lawyer for Defense

originally played by Kevin Bacon

 

THE PLAINTIFFS

KRIS PERRY

Married to Sandy Steir and mother of Spencer and Elliot Perry

originally played by Christine Lahti

SANDY STIER

Married to Kris Perry and mother to Spencer and Elliot Perry

originally played by Jamie Lee Curtis

SPENCER PERRY

Son of Plantiffs

originally played by Bridger Zadina

ELLIOT PERRY

Son of Plaintiffs

originally played by Jansen Panettiere

 JEFF ZARRILLO

Married to Paul Katami

originally played by Matt Bomer

PAUL KATAMI

Married to Jeff Zarrillo

originally played by Matthew Morrison

 

WITNESSES FOR THE PLAINTIFFS

DR. GREGORY M. HEREK

Nature of Homosexuality/ Sexual Orientation

originally played by Rory O’Malley

DR. ILAN MEYER

Minority Stress/ Stigma Impacts/ Discrimination

originally played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson

DR. GARY SEGURA

Gays and Lesbians in the Nation's Political Process

originally played by James Pickens, Jr.

RYAN KENDALL

Forced by parents to undergo "Conversion Therapy"

originally played by Chris Colfer

 

WITNESSES FOR THE DEFENSE

DAVID BLANKENHORN

Marriage and Sexual Relationship between Men and Women

originally played by John C. Reilly

WILLIAM TAM

Opinion that Same-sex Marriage leads to Sexual Crimes

originally played by George Takei

 

OTHER CHARACTERS

EVAN WOLFSON

Founder of Freedom to Marry

originally played by Cleve Jones

MAGGIE GALLAGHER

Opponent of Same-sex Marriage

originally played by Jane Lynch

JOURNALIST

Narrator

originally played by Campbell Brown