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George Clooney To Star In Gay Play: “It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights announced today that  Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney is joining the cast for the West Coast premier of Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black’s “8.”

The play is about the historic trial in AFER’s federal constitutional challenge to Prop 8,. The play, taken from the District Court trial transcripts, courtroom observations and interviews with the two couples who are plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, will be directed by noted actor/director and AFER Founding Board Member Rob Reiner.

Said Clooney:

“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” Clooney said in an AFER press release.  “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people – like all human beings – are born equal in dignity and rights.”

“8” premiered to a sold-out audience and much acclaim last Sept. 19 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The West Coast premier will be a one-night only performance.

The play will have its Los Angeles debut on March 3rd.

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