This is one event I wish I could attend, so if you’re in the area I would highly recommend that you check it out. It’s a Staged Reading of the play ’8′ by Dustin Lance Black, presented by the RPI Community Advocates and the Pride Center of the Capital Region, and directed by the brilliant Aaron Holbritter. It’s a one-night-only gig, and will be followed by a short panel discussion addressing the impact of Prop 8 and the trial on the issue of marriage equality. After that, the Pride Center is hosting a reception and Cast Meet-and-Greet at the Charles F. Lucas Confectionary and Wine Bar. All in all, it sounds like a fantastic evening.

Chronicling the events surrounding the California Supreme Court case which deemed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, unconstitutional, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”, “J. Edgar”) brings to life the events surrounding the case in this compelling documentary play. Using personal interviews, court records and transcripts, “8” reveals the personal stories of the plaintiffs and the ensuing legal drama brought forth when “we put fear and prejudice on trial.”
Friday, March 22 ~ 7:30pm
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 Second Street, Troy, New York

Tickets: $3 in advance, $5 at the door.

(To purchase your advance tickets online visit or call the Dean of Students Office at (518) 276-3098.)

The cast is filled with some amazing people too, a few of whom I have the privilege of having seen in other productions: Greg Borucki, Monica Cangero, Brendan Cataldo, David Cerutti, Ulysses deArmas, Chris Foster, Jerry Huang, Michael Kennedy, Judy Landers, Ian LaChance, Ross Levi, Michael P. Long, Jr., Gary Maggio, Sara Melita, Isaac Newberry, John Quinan, Patrick Rooney, Jony Rozon, Dennis Skiba, Tom Templeton and Benita Zahn.

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