Dustin Lance Black, openly gay former Mormon and Oscar-winning screenwriter for the film Milk, is adapting transcripts from the Proposition 8 trials in California into a play.
The play, 8, will begin readings in September. It features dramatized adaptations of all the main characters in the trial. After the staged reading, the play will be produced by at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern, the University of Michigan and elsewhere.
Black told the New York Times that the play consists mainly of transcripts from the trial and his own reaction as he sat through most of the proceedings.
“One of my hopes about the trial was to get the opposition in court, hands raised swearing to tell the truth, and have the world see the opposition called to account for going on TV saying gay people harm children, harm families,” Black told the Times. “Since the trial itself wasn’t heard or seen, I wanted to get that story out another way.”
There is no announcement about actors for the different parts, but producers promise an all-star cast.
Black, who was raised Mormon, was the keynote speaker at last year’s Equality Utah Allies Dinner. He was also one of the writers on the award-winning HBO series, Big Love.