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George Clooney, Brad Pitt in gay rights play

art and culture Updated: Mar 07, 2012 19:41 IST
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George Clooney and Brat Pitt re-team after 2007's Oceans Thirteen on stage March 3 for a live-streamed reading of the drama 8 by Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) about the legal battle in California over gay marriage.

The play is directed by Rob Reiner (The Bucket List, Spinal Tap) and being performed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. It premiered in New York City last September. Proceeds from the benefit event will go toward the cause of marriage equality in the US.

Based on the effort to overturn the controversial Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, the reading will also feature Martin Sheen (West Wing), Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly as well as Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Chris Coffer of Glee.

The play is based on trial transcripts and first-hand courtroom observations, with Pitt playing US District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who ruled that Prop 8, which was approved in 2008 by voters, was unconstitutional.

Clooney and Sheen will play the plaintiffs' co-counsels.

The performance will be live-streamed on YouTube beginning with pre-show coverage at 7:30 pm PT/10:30 pm ET. Registration for the live stream requires providing name, email address and postal code on the site of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.