The cast of Dustin Lance Black's play 8 is officially complete with the addition of three more stars: Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer and John C. Reilly, organizers announced Wednesday.
The actors will join George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen and some of Hollywood's hottest young actors for a one-night-only showing in Los Angeles of the play that chronicles the historic court challenge to California's Proposition 8.
The play, directed by Rob Reiner, will debut at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday, March 3, for an exclusive fundraiser to support marriage equality efforts across the country.
Other cast members include Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Matthew Morrison, Rory O'Malley, Yeardley Smith and George Takei.
The story for 8 is based on the trial’s closing arguments in June 2010. Some of the scenes also include flashbacks to other trial testimony, including a statement by the Prop. 8 supporters’ star witness, David Blankenhorn, who told the court “we would be more American on the day we permitted same-sex marriage than we were on the day before.”
Clooney and Sheen will play plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson. Lahti and Curtis will play plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple together for 11 years. Morrison and Bomer will play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, a gay couple together for more than a decade.
Lynch will play prominent opponent of marriage equality Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. Reiner will play Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values.
Reilly will play United States District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who found Proposition 8 unconstitutional after presiding over the historic twelve-day public trial. Bacon will play Charles J. Cooper, the lead attorney for the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8. And Colfer will play Ryan Kendall, who testified about his experience being sent by his parents to so-called “reparative therapy” as a teenager.