PRESENTING “8”- AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING
The theatre production of “8” at El Camino Real Charter School had a significant impact on the students and the community. Here are some clips of recent articles from the play production. Click on the picture above for more pictures, reflections, and links to articles about what it was like for these students to not only present “8” but to reflect on what the 2012 trial that overturned California’s ban on gay marriage meant to them. The author, Dustin Lance Black, attended and participated in a discussion following the play.
EXCERPT FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
The price of admission to last weekend’s play at El Camino Real Charter High School was anything but typical. Then again, neither was the play.
Students had to submit essays describing their views on gay marriage. The play, “8,” dramatizes the 2010 trial that overturned California’s ban on gay marriage. El Camino’s production was probably the first time it has been performed by a high school cast, a main reason why author Dustin Lance Black attended and participated in a discussion afterward.
EXCERPT FROM ADVOCATE.COM
High school students in Woodland Hills, Calif., didn’t have to pay cash to get into their school’s production of the Prop. 8 play, 8. Instead, their admission was covered by letters they were asked to write, describing their views on marriage equality, whether they supported or opposed it.
Students at El Camino Real Charter High School enacted Oscar-award winning writer Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8, which reenacts the courtroom proceedings behind the trial.