Creative Arts / Special education

8 playStudents, faculty,  staff and alumni at Western Oregon University are staging a reading of “8,” a powerful and moving play about marriage equality. Following the play will be a Q&A with representatives of Basic Rights Oregon discussing Oregon United for Marriage and the 2014 ballot initiative. Performances will be held on May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium (the performance on May 8 will be ASL interpreted). Tickets are $2 and will be on sale from Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Werner University Center.

Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, it’s directed at WOU by Ted deChatelet (theatre faculty) and CM Hall (coordinator of Western Region Interpreter Education Center). “8″ demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now called Hollingsworth v. Perry.) Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony, see the human cost of discrimination and uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8″ shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.

Interview contact:
CM Hall, coordinator of Western Region Interpreting Education Center
503-838-8731 or hallcm@wou.edu

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