L.A. Theatre Works will broadcast the starry presentation of the drama that traces the Prop 8 court battle. It will air June 10 from 8-10 PM on 90.7 FM KPFK as part of Gay Pride month. The play will also be streamed on demand at LATW.org.
An audio book, which will be available digitally and on CD, will arrive in stores and via online retailers June 1.
The broadcast and audio releases will also include interviews with lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson, who led the charge against Prop 8.
“I was so moved that they care enough about this issue,” Jane said of the Hollywood heavyweights who she read with on Saturday night. “I love that they took time out of their incredibly busy schedules to do this… to let the world know what went on in that courtroom. I was really touched and moved to see all these really big stars with fire power up there and advocating for our rights.”
Jane’s “Glee” co-star Matthew Morrison echoed her thoughts, telling Access, “It was so nice and so warm and we were all here for the same reason, so I felt like we all got to come together as equals.”
Chris Colfer admitted to having a few jitters when it came to appearing on stage with Brad and George.
”[It was] nerve wracking! I’m so glad I was playing someone young on trial, because otherwise I don’t know if I could have been like, stoic and played it off like Brad and George did,” he confessed. “I was terrified.”
Chris, who referred to the collection actors who read for “8” as “like a People Magazine crossword,” sees hope in the fight for marriage equality.
“If you just look at the history of our country, every group who has ever fought for equal rights has always won,” he added.
- Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Chris Colfer talking about George Clooney and Brad Pitt’s involvement in ‘8’ (x)
Not that director Rob Reiner resisted the idea of having a gay actor play an actually sympathetic gay character, either. “Glee” star Chris Colfer gave a touching reading from the p.o.v. of a young survivor of a “pray away the gay” retreat center — even if this “reparative therapy” detour seemed to have more to do with making extra points before a captive audience than the legal matters at the crux of the play.
“Glee” actor Chris Colfer said he researched and watched interviews of his character, Ryan Kendall, a witness for the plaintiffs who testified about his experience in gay conversion therapy.