The American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is sponsoring the court challenge to Proposition 8, live-streamed Saturday night a Los Angeles reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about the trial in which Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The play is made up largely of transcripts from the trial.

Click here or on the image below to watch a video replay of the play.

The all-star cast included:

Brad Pitt as Vaughn Walker George Clooney as plaintiffs’ attorney David Boies Martin Sheen as plaintiffs’ attorney Theodore Olson Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis as plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier

Kevin Bacon, John C Reilly and Jane Lynch also had roles.

Full cast here.

Here’s director Rob Reiner talking about the performance. “The Prop 8 proponents are still trying to hide what happened at the trial,” Reiner says, perhaps referring to Prop 8 backers’ successful attempt at preventing the release of videotapes from the trial. “So we’re going to do the exact opposite, we’re gonna broadcast it to the entire world.”

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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