Proposition 8 Play Debuts on Broadway

By MARK KENNEDY | September 19, 2011 | 11:30 PM EDT

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, actor Cheyenne Jackson attends amfAR New York's Inspiration Gala celebrating Men's Style at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jackson will star in a new play by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California. It will be performed as part of a fundraiser at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre for one night only on Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

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.