Austin Peay State University Theatre & Dance, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a one-night-only reading of “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black.

“8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.

Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the film J. Edgar, based “8” on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

The Austin Peay reading will take place in the Trahern Theatre on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:30pm.  Admission is free, though tickets must be reserved through the Theatre & Dance Box Office at 931-221-7379 or

The performance, which features students, alumni, faculty, and staff of APSU, will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.  Donations will be accepted in the lobby before and after the performance.  Following the reading, there will be an audience talk-back with the cast and representatives from the Tennessee Equality Project.

“8” had its much-heralded Broadway world premiere on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City.  The production brought in over $1 million to support AFER’s efforts to achieve full federal marriage equality.

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