Among the highlights of the four-day Ursinus Fringe Festival was a staged reading of “8,” the new play by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar), which uses material from California’s Proposition 8 case. The reading was directed by Professor of Theater Domenick Scudera.
“8,” from the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact, chronicles the federal trial for marriage equality. The Ursinus College faculty and staff cast included Rebecca Jaroff, Betsy Chapman, Rebecca Lyczak, Reese McKnight, Garrett Hope, Jon Volkmer, Beverly Redman, Roger Florka, Terry Winegar, Ellen Dawley, Kim Taylor, Sharon Pearson, Brenda Lederach, Michael Mullin, Domenick Scudera, Debbie Nolan, Abbie Cichowski, Kneia DaCosta, Susanna Throop, Yvon Kennon, and Kerry Gibson. The play was followed by a Q&A on marriage equality moderated by Kim Taylor and Rev.Charles Rice.
Professor Scudera said that the staged reading was “effective and memorable,” and it showed support for the Ursinus LGBT community. Students, he noted, said they were grateful the play was done on campus, and called it inspiring and powerful.
Ursinus was proud to be one of many colleges and theater groups around the country to have staged a reading of the play which tells the true story of two loving couples who want to get married but can’t. Together with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, a discriminatory law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008.