NEW YORK (AP) — A play exploring last year's court fight over California's gay marriage ban has made its debut on Broadway, only hours after a federal judge decided to unseal the trial's video recordings.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's play "8'' was born, in part, by frustration that video of the Proposition 8 trial was barred from broadcast. He wrote his play using the transcript and interviews with participants.
The play was performed as a reading on Monday night starring Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Anthony Edwards, John Lithgow, Cheyenne Jackson, Campbell Brown, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner and Larry Kramer.
A judge in San Francisco earlier Monday ruled there is no reason to keep the recordings secret. His ruling takes effect Sept. 30 unless he is overruled.