Past Productions

Jun. 15, 2013 — Jun. 16, 2013

As part of the Byrdcliffe Festival of The Arts Byrdcliffe Theater at Woodstock, New York

Written by Dustin Lance Black
Directed by Sonja Berggren
Cast students, faculty, staff from Yale School of Drama and members of the community in and around Woodstock, NY
Production Team Set Design, Sonja Berggren, Lighting Design - Laura J. Eckelman, Sound - Pete Taylor
Venue Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock, NY

Panndora's Sonja Berggren, Pete and Rebecca Taylor went to Woodstock, NY to be part of a staged reading of the landmark marriage equality play, "8" by Dustin Lance Black, in the Byrdcliffe Arts Festival on June 15 and 16. Sonja directed the cast of 20+ drawn from Yale Drama School, Panndora, local actors and community leaders and professors from U.Mass, Amherst, including Lee Badgett, who testified as an expert in the original trial. It was a spectacular experience for all involved.

"8" is the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can't. Together with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, a discriminatory law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008.

Written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar), "8″ is based on the actual words of the Perrytrial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

As "8" flashes in and out of the Perry court, watch both sides present the best evidence, arguments and witnesses for and against marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. See how the case affects the plaintiffs and their kids, and, following the performance, learn how you too can become involved in the fight for equal rights.


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