07/31/2012 08:52 pm ET | Updated Aug 01, 2012

Prop 8 Play San Francisco: Dustin Lance Black's '8' Heads To A.C.T. (VIDEO)

On the same day supporters of California's gay marriage ban filed a petition to the Supreme Court, the fight for marriage equality in San Francisco got even stronger.

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced Tuesday that the company will host a one-night-only benefit and staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's landmark traveling play "8" on October 7.


A civil rights activist and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Milk," Black developed the play as a chronicle of the federal trial for marriage equality.

"People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter," said Black in a release about the play. " The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on."

Though the original performances in New York and Los Angeles featured remarkably star-studded casts (George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen and Jamie Lee Curtis to name a few) casting has not yet been determined for the A.C.T. reading. But if the turnout in other major cities has been any indication, we wouldn't be surprised by a few "surprises."

Check out a trailer of "8" in the following clip. Then, flip through our slideshow chronicled Prop. 8's timeline in the slideshow below:

Prop 8 Timeline