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Spotlight shines on battle over ‘8’

The historic federal trial of California’s Proposition 8 hits the stage at San Juan Community Theatre. - Contributed photo
The historic federal trial of California’s Proposition 8 hits the stage at San Juan Community Theatre.
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Long before Washington voters blessed Referendum 74 at the ballot box, a battle over same-sex marriage played out in the Golden State. The historic federal trial of California’s Proposition 8 hits the stage at San Juan Community Theatre in the next edition of the Readers Theatre series: On Book!

Presented Monday and Tuesday, March 11 and 12, On Book’s reading of “8”, written by Academy Award-winning screen writer Dustin Lance Black, features a cast of 21 local actors, and is directed by Friday Harbor’s Julie Laidlaw.

Doors open at 7 p.m., admission is free.

Black’s script draws on trial transcripts, interviews and first-hand observations as the legal battle over Prop. 8, which stripped same-sex couple of their right to wed, proceeded in federal court. Representatives of the island’s legal, social and professional fields will be on hand for “talk back” with the audience and cast following each performance. Info, 378-3210, www.sjctheatre.org.

 

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