Join Southern Legal Counsel at the Hippodrome as they host their signature event, a staged reading of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact’s “8” by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Black’s play re-enacts the historic trial in which California’s Proposition 8, which restricted marriage between same-sex couples, was ruled unconstitutional.
Broadway actor and Gainesville native, Malcolm Gets, will be performing in the staged reading. Gets will be joined by members of the Hippodrome Theatre’s company of professional actors, which includes Broadway actor Tim Altmeyer. The production will also feature other actors within the community and prominent local lawyers, including Robert A. Rush, Peg O’Connor, and Larry Turner. The Hippodrome’s production crew will be involved in staging Black’s stirring script as well.
Through the inclusion of the Hippodrome and its company members, Southern Legal Counsel hopes to harness the power of theatre and the storytelling talent of the Hippodrome’s community to educate and engage a broader group of people.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Southern Legal Counsel, a Florida statewide not-for-profit public interest law firm that is committed to the idea of equal justice for all and the attainment of basic human and civil rights. Based in Gainesville, Southern Legal Counsel has represented a variety of clients to pursue statewide systemic reform and vindicate civil rights. For more information, visit www.southernlegal.org.
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