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Chris Colfer, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly added to the cast of next month’s benefit performance of ’8′

Boy, the all-star cast of next month’s benefit performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 really is shaping up to be a game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

Mr. Bacon himself, Glee star Chris Colfer and Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly are the the latest additions to the cast of the play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.

The one-night only performance, directed by Rob Reiner, will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday, March 3.

Already announced as part of the cast: George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Martin Sheen, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Matthew Morrison, Rory O’Malley, Yeardley Smith and George Takei.

Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group behind the lawsuit which resulted in the courts declaring California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

“People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter,” said Black.  “I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’  The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on.  The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light.  We are doing all we can to help speed that process along.”

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.



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