The West Coast premiere of “8”, the stage play written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), will star George Clooney. The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is funding the legal team fighting Prop. 8, announced that Clooney will perform at a March 3 staged reading scheduled at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

George Clooney (Photo: Nicholas Genin, Wikipedia)

The play is based on the 2010 trial that ended with Prop. 8 being struck down (it’s still the law of the land of course). The dialogue is based on the trial transcripts and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

AFER didn’t say specifically who Clooney would play, only that he and other actors to be named later will portray members of the legal team, plaintiffs and witnesses from both sides.

A similar performance at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City in September featured a smorgasbord of A-Listers, including Morgan Freeman, who played attorney David Boies, and John Lithgow as Ted Olson. AFER says that performance raised $1 million for the fight against Prop. 8.

George Clooney is having one helluva year. His performance as a distant father suddenly presiding over a family crisis in “The Descendants” has generated plenty of Oscar buzz. He also directed and stars in “The Ides of March.”

If Clooney picks up another statue at the Feb. 26 Oscars, his appearance in “8” six days later should make for a very fun after-party.

George Clooney Lends Star Power to Prop 8 Play 14 December,2011Scott Shafer


Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer migrated to KQED in 1998 after extended stints in politics and government to host The California  Report. Now he covers those things and more as senior editor for KQED’s Politics and Government Desk. When he’s not asking questions you’ll often find him in a pool playing water polo. Find him on Twitter @scottshafer

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