San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre joins a nationwide theatrical movement with a production of "8," the landmark marriage equality play from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Milk." The title refers to the controversial Proposition 8, which intended to ban same sex marriage in California.

"8" is an unprecedented account of the federal district court trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger," says ACT artistic director Carey Perloff. "There's nothing more thrilling than a well-argued trial about a hugely important issue. We are honored to present '8' at the same time as 'The Normal Heart,' two theater pieces that wrestle with discrimination and compassion in such visceral and palpable ways."

Dustin Lance Black's critically-acclaimed play will be performed in a staged reading Oct. 7 at ACT, 415 Geary St. San Francisco. Proceeds from the event will benefit AFER and LGBTQ youth programs.

Casting for the show -- which often attracts big names, including George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Los Angeles -- has yet to be announced. $50-$100. www.act-sf.org.



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