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Prop 8 Play Raises $2 Million, Continues to Stream Online

The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Team Member Eric Cameron:

Saturday night – in front of a sold-out theater and an even wider online audience – a host of Hollywood stars presented "8," a stage adaptation of the Proposition 8 trial. Written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, the play pieces together actual testimony and closing arguments from the 2010 California trial. The event was presented by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) and – thanks to Google – streamed live on YouTube for all to see.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Saturday's L.A. reading has already raised more than $2 million to support the federal marriage equality fight. That's more than double what was raised at the play's Sept. 19 New York premier.

More than 250,000 people have watched the production online, which remains archived on YouTube.

After the reading, the star-studded cast – including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and Jamie Lee Curtis – were joined onstage by the real-life plaintiffs from the trial. Attorney David Boies addressed the significance of the staged event:

"There's a real poetic justice here, because the defendants in the case have done everything they could – and thus far successfully – to keep the videotapes of the trial from the American people...  But today, because of this presentation, because it's being streamed live on YouTube, millions of people around the world are going to have an opportunity to see, in condensed form, what the essence of this trial was like. And you have all seen that we did put fear and prejudice on trial, and fear and prejudice lost."

For those who didn't have a chance to watch over the weekend, the full video is available here and well worth your time.

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