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Jane Lynch to Play NOM's Maggie Gallagher in Dustin Lance Black's '8'

Jane Lynch to Play NOM's Maggie Gallagher in Dustin Lance Black's '8'

Jane Lynch to Play NOM's Maggie Gallagher in Dustin Lance Black's '8'

Jane Lynch has been cast as equality opponent Maggie Gallagher in a cast that includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, and George Clooney in the Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8,

Jane Lynch has been cast as equality opponent Maggie Gallagher in a cast that includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, and George Clooney in the Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, reports the Los Angeles Times.


Black used the actual words of the transcripts and firsthand observations of the court trial to overturn Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, as well as interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. 

Glee star Morrison will play Paul Katami, one of the plaintiffs. "I grew up in theater and I have a lot of gay friends who've gotten married," he tells the Times. Jamie Lee Curtis will take on the role of another plaintiff, Sandy Stier. The veteran actress tells the Times she wanted to be "something that the American public has been prohibited from seeing. The idea is to get the message out to as many people as possible."

Matt Bomer, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Rory O'Malley, and activist Cleve Jones are also scheduled to appear in the Los Angeles production. Clooney was previously announced to play marriage equality defender, attorney David Boies. The one-night-only performance directed by Rob Reiner will take place March 3 and is expected to raise $2 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a nonprofit that took the case to court.

The one-night only staged reading directed by Rob Reiner will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles March 3.

Watch footage from the New York production here.

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