Heidelberg University is to host a one-night-only reading of "8," a play chronicling the legal challenge to California's Proposition 8.
Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, the script is to be read at 8 p.m. Sunday in Gundlach Theatre on the Heidelberg campus.
"8" is an account of the federal trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown) to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry.
Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning film "Milk" and "J. Edgar," based "8" on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom proceedings and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.
"The goal of '8' is to show the world that marriage quality is a basic constitutional right," Black said. "The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light. AFER and Broadway Impact are doing all we can to help speed that process along."
Throughout 2012, AFER and Broadway Impact are licensing "8" for free to colleges and community theatres nationwide to spur action, dialogue and understanding.
Ticket prices are "pay what you can." Call the box office at (419) 448-2304 for more details.