Wednesday, October 31, 2012

EVENT: "8" the Play in Visalia

8, the play, which has played here in Fresno, is now due for two performances in Visalia, on November 2nd and November 3rd. Don't miss the Visalia production of this very important play focusing on the Prop 8 case in California...

8 is a docudrama depicting both sides of the controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Using transcripts from the trial in Federal District Court and interviews with those involved including the plaintiffs, Dustin Lance Black chronicles the fight for marriage equality, which began when the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) challenged the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8.

The Visalia Players are supporting AFER’s efforts through two fund-raising performances of 8 on November 2 and 3. Director Corey Ralston is very excited about the opportunity to bring 8 to the Ice House stage. Marriage equality is an issue dear to Ralston’s heart. “For so many years, marriage was not an option, and now it is so near we can almost taste it.”

Interest in 8 varies among cast members, but Wyleen Luoma, who portrays Charles Cooper – Republican Lawyer of the Year in 2010, presented a unique scenario. Luoma has seen the show performed and believes that Cooper’s role was not given the characterization it deserves. While Cooper’s political persuasions are very different from Luoma’s, she believes that “his role in the trial deserves humanity and dignity.”

Read more about the Visalia production HERE

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