Roten to Appear in Play About Challenge to California’s Prop 8

Meredith Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten will appear in Raleigh Ensemble Players’ staged reading of “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

"8" is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights to overturn Proposition 8. Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film "Milk" and the critically-acclaimed film "J. Edgar," based "8" on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

The performance is Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 8 p.m., at Cary Academy Fine and Performing Arts Center, 1500 North Harrison Ave., Cary.

Roten portrays proponents’ attorney Charles J. Cooper, and joins well-known actors and artistic directors from the Triangle in the cast. Other performers include Theatre in the Park Artistic Director Ira David Wood and Burning Coal Theatre Artistic Director Jerome Davis.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

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