Probably one of the most important pieces of work of our time: Dustin Lance Black’s 8, a play which chronicles the 2010 case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) to overturn Proposition 8 in California. The play uses actual court transcripts from the trial and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. It’s powerful and moving and deserves a watch, if only to expose publicly the hate and prejudice fueling Proposition 8 supporters like the National Organization for Marriage.
It’s funny/fitting because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reaffirmed Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision not to make video recordings of the trial public. Proposition 8 supporters argued that making the recordings public would “intimidate and endanger their witnesses.” But using this vehicle, playwright Black and director Rob Reiner ensured that more people could witness the essence of this landmark trial than had it just been broadcast on CSPAN. Readings of the play are now scheduled across the country.
As one Fox William Mulder put it:
But I’ve learned to pretend over the past nine years – to pretend that my victories mattered only to realize that no one was keeping score. To realize that liars do not fear the truth if there are enough liars. That the devil is just one man with a plan but evil, true evil, is a collaboration of men which is what we have here today. If I am a guilty man, my crime is in daring to believe that the truth will out and that no one lie can live forever. I believe it still. Much as you try to bury it, the truth is out there. Greater than your lies, the truth wants to be known.
Okay, so Mulder was talking about the invasion of earth by evil alien colonists on December 21, 2012. But whatever. The point is, the truth will come out. And the truth always wins.
Enjoy, and spread the word.