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George Clooney starring in Dustin Lance Black’s “8”


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: George Clooney and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black likely have crossed paths on the awards circuit as they help promote “The Descendants” and “J. Edgar,” respectively. Now they’re preparing to collaborate on “8,” a stage play chronicling the recent federal court case meant overturn Proposition 8.

The play will have a one-night, West Coast premiere in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, THR reports.

It’s a bold stance taken by Clooney in support of marriage equality.

“It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens,” the Oscar winner said. “I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights.”

“8” was staged in New York City in September, with Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow and Bradley Whitford in the ensemble. Clooney’s co-stars will be announced soon. Rob Reiner will direct from a script by Black.

“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial,” Black said, “if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter.”

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