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From the American Foundation for Equal rights (AFER): Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. "8"—a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar)—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, "8" shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.
Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson Author/Director
Chris Leidenfrost-Wilson Producer
Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson (Writer/Director/Producer) is also an actor and educator who received his education at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Queens College in New York (where he was awarded the English Faculty Award for Playwriting). His writing credits include his plays Ascension, Hockey: The Musical!, The Anniversary, Perpetual Check, A-, and Johnny Angel, and other works include Beach Club and Other Stories. Rick has music directed over thirty shows, and composed music for numerous theatrical productions, including Hamlet (The Classical Theatre Company of New York), The Eye of God (Yale Cabaret), Our Town, Little Women, and The Crucible (The Wheatley Theatre Company), Come Out to Play and Poor Tom (Chanticleer Theatre, London). He was awarded “Distinguished Educator 2008” by the Harvard Club of Long Island and is a tenured teacher of English (and past PTO Teacher of the Year award winner) at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York. Find out where you can catch this play at www.offsides.org/thedeclaration or purchase tickets at www.planetconnections.org/thedeclaration
Relationships between gay men are at the heart and core of Terrence McNally’s works. Marriage equality is a theme through-out his play Some Men. “Terrence McNally is one of the brightest scribes scribbling today, and gay life is the fellow's métier (Love Valor Compassion, Lisbon Traviata), so if this series of vignettes of gay life set over the last 8 decades is the kind of play you're looking for, it could be a good pick. Expect wry insights and witty banter aplenty, but note that it's probably not for all audiences.” See the full review here. McNally has won four Tony Awards for his plays 'LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!' (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and 'MASTER CLASS' and his musical books for 'KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN' and 'RAGTIME'. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays 'THE RITZ' and 'FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE'. His other plays include 'A PERFECT GANESH', 'CORPUS CHRISTI', 'DEDICATION or THE STUFF OF DREAMS', 'THE STENDHAL SYNDROME', 'LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART' (Drama Desk Award Best New Play) and 'IT'S ONLY A PLAY'. Earlier stage works include 'BAD HABITS' (Obie Award Best Play), 'WHERE HAS TOMMY FLOWERS GONE?', '…AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT' and 'NEXT'. He also wrote the books for the musicals 'THE FULL MONTY', 'THE RINK', and 'A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE'. The San Francisco Opera presented DEAD MAN WALKING with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including 'ANDRE'S MOTHER' for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is twice the recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play.
His most recent play, 'UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVOTION', was seen last season at La Jolla Playhouse after opening the season at Philadelphia Theatre Company. In August, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle presented the world premiere of his musical adaptation of 'CATCH ME IF YOU CAN' with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. In 2010 the Kennedy Center produced three of his plays under the title 'TERRENCE McNALLY’S NIGHTS AT THE OPERA: MASTER CLASS', 'THE LISBON TRAVIATA' and the world premiere of 'GOLDEN AGE'. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of 'THE VISIT' at Arlington’s Signature Theatre, his play 'DEUCE' on Broadway and his play 'SOME MEN' at Philadelphia Theatre Company and off-Broadway’s Second Stage. Contact McNally at Endeavor Entertainment, LLC