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8 | [Dustin Lance Black]

8

This play is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look at what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.
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Publisher's Summary

An unconstitutional proposition.
An unprecedented decision.
An all-star cast.

Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Martin Sheen, 8 is written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner.

The play is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

A full-cast performance featuring:

George Clooney as David Boies
Brad Pitt as Chief Judge Vaughn Walker
Martin Sheen as Theodore B. Olson
Kevin Bacon as Charles Cooper
Jamie Lee Curtis as Sandy Stier
Christine Lahti as Kris Perry
John C. Reilly as David Blankenhorn
Jane Lynch as Maggie Gallagher
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Dr. Ilan Meyer
Matthew Morrison as Paul Katami
Chris Colfer as Ryan Kendall
Yeardley Smith as Dr. Nancy Cott
Matt Bomer as Jeff Zarrillo
George Takei as Dr. William Tam
Rory O’Malley as Dr. Gregory Herek
Cleve Jones as Evan Wolfson
James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Gary Segura
Jansen Panettiere as Elliott Perry
Bridger Zadina as Spencer Perry
Vanessa Garcia as Clerk
Campbell Brown as Broadcast Journalist

Directed by Rob Reiner. Recorded before a live audience at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles, on March 3, 2012.

©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works

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    Amazon Customer ERIE, PA, United States 04-23-15
    Amazon Customer ERIE, PA, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Relevant (unfortunate) Time-Capsule"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 8 to be better than the print version?

    An audio edition, such as this one, might be superior to a print edition but certainly wouldn't prove superior to a live night at the theatre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martin Sheen was -ON-FIRE-.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Pitt, Clooney, and Sheen stand out. Each member of the cast performed their individual roles well, but as an ensemble they fell flat. Sometimes very flat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "A Dark Moment in Human History...Hopefully Behind Us Forever"


    Any additional comments?

    Dustin Lance Black is a name to look for .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 04-08-15
    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 04-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "AAA+ Performances"
    Would you listen to 8 again? Why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The characters and events are real and the star studded re-enactments made this a very powerful and enjoyable listening experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The same sex couples who really have gotten the s*t-end of the stick thanks to our very outdated laws and policies.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't that interested in the same sex debate. But now I get it. Equal rights, let's go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pomogirl Salt Lake City, UT 09-17-14
    pomogirl Salt Lake City, UT 09-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I like postmodernism and parody and poetic language.

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    "Love the performers"

    This is a dramatization of some of the court transcripts from the California Prop 8 case that ultimately saw the demise of Prop 8's hate and illogic in favor of legalized gay marriage in California. The win doesn't mean that we've won everywhere, however, but the actors in this are having a great time performing all the different pro and con players in the case, and the audience loves it. This has great energy, humor, and moments of deep sorrow for those who have had to wait so long to finally be allowed to marry. But it also gives the rest of us hope who don't have marriage yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Douglasville, GA, United States 07-10-13
    Jack Douglasville, GA, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Beanstalk, USA

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    "8 is a 10!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    8 is a perfect example of those great dialogue-driven dramas of the radio stories our grandparents enjoyed.


    What other book might you compare 8 (Dramatized) to and why?

    Great courtroom dramas like Inherit The Wind and Judgement At Nuremberg excel because they are based on actual trials.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like a member of the jury at the first line.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    This story depicts the real-life stories of those involved with the same-sex marriage issue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 10-12-12
    Dorothy 10-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "gives me hope for humanity!"

    this was so inspirational to listen to! The actual performance is quite short, only about half of the recording time. The rest is interviews with the cast, director and screenwriter, and lawyers involved in the actual case.
    The only difficulty I had was sometimes to identify who was speaking. Not being a big movie fan, I do not immediately recognize the voices of the actors, even if they are big names. But with context I figured out what was happening.
    I didn't follow along the Proposition 8 case as it happened, but after listening to this, I sure am following the developments now as the US heads towards another election.

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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 05-03-15
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So Appropriate for today's headlines on Marriage"

    Since this issue is such a hot topic nationally, it seemed appropriate to listen to this play which recounts the final arguments over the validity of California's Proposition 8. This play seems much like what is going on right now in the Supreme Court deciding on whether the nation should embrace the right for LGBT community to have the same access to marriage that heterosexuals are allowed. I feel as if this play is a compelling listen to anyone whom is wanting to be informed of the struggle of gays and lesbians for equal rights. Kudos goes out to LA Theater Works and Audible for presenting this program.

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-03-13
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Semper Audiendo

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    "Looking forward to a rework after SCOTUS arguments"

    In 2008, 52% of California voters approved Proposition 8 - "Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." That promptly ended a period of a few months in California when same sex couples could, and did, marry.

    '8' is dramatization of the arguments heard by Judge Vaughan Walker (Brad Pitt) of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case called Hollingsworth v. Perry.

    '8' has a stunning cast. Martin Sheen was especially impassioned playing former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson. George Clooney was played the more low-key David Boies. The dramatization was a reading, not a play. The actors used scripts, their was no blocking, and the reading was in front of a live LA Theater Works audience.

    Do Olson and Boies sound familiar? They are the top constitutional lawyers in the United States, and were on opposite political sides in Bush v. Gore. Both men set aside their political differences to support marriage equality. There's an interview at the end that's enlightening.

    The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS, for Supreme Court of the United States) will hear arguments on Hollingsworth v. Perry, and will answer the questions "Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, § 2 of the Constitution in this case."

    These are the finest attorneys who can argue this issue before SCOTUS, and I am looking forward to Dustin Lance Black's update.

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    California Reviewer 09-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible"
    Would you try another book from Dustin Lance Black and/or the narrators?

    No, I would not try another book. I'm currently into the Theodore Roosevelt books by Edmund Morris and recommend them highly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ken Follet's latest continuation of his series great and will be up next.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I dislike the presentation of the material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 8 (Dramatized)?

    I would not have listened to any of it. Dramatized to me would be the reading of the argument before the Supreme Court. Not something that sounds as if it was recorded in a High School Auditorium with the classmates and Parents going crazy when their favorite walked onto the stage.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're considering it, listen to a sample.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    12/24/12
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    "Great cast, and performance, but beware strawmen"

    First of all I am neither gay nor an American so perhaps I'm not quallified to pass comment but while all performances were superb I couldn't help but feel that the director and the actors tried the demonise the pro 8 side of the debate by intetionally making them sound leaving them feel like characatures while everyone else seem far more realistic. It's a minor point for what is an an otherwise excellent production with Pitt seeming to effortless;y posses the judgment of Soloman, Clooney excelling in cross examination Lee Curtis as both funny and heartwrenching as the moment demands, and Sheen stealling all with a tour de force final speech.



    Highly recomended.







    PS I completely support gay marriage

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