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George Clooney to join cast for LA premiere of gay marriage proposition play '8'

George Clooney attends the premiere of
George Clooney attends the premiere of "The Ides of March" at the Ziegfeld Theater on October 5, 2011 in New York City.
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George Clooney will take to the stage for just one night this March in the West Coast premiere of "8," a play about the trial to overturn Proposition 8.

The production was written by Academy-Award winning writer Dustin Lance Black ("Milk", "J. Edgar") and directed by Rob Reiner. "8" had its world premiere on Broadway in September with an all-star cast including Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Christine Lahti, Ellen Barkin, Rob Reiner, and Bradley Whitford.

"8" is almost entirely a transcript of the Prop 8 proceedings, with occasional additional scenes outside the courtroom. Black decided to write the play when audio tapes of the trial were embargoed by Judge Walker (a decision which has since been appealed).

"It's the last piece of the civil rights puzzle," said Reiner. "People should be aware of what happened."

The Los Angeles production is a reading and as such "there's not going to be a whole lot of moving," but Reiner was quick to add that there would be enough to make scene changes clear. Clooney is slated to one of the trial's prosecutors, hopefully, according to Reiner, Ted Olson. Other celebrities are expected to join the cast, including the possible addition of Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch.

"I think that people are gonna be moved by it," said Reiner. "It almost directs itself in a way."

Tickets begin at $500, and proceeds will go to the American Foundation of Equal Rights, a nonprofit foundation formed to challenge the court's decision to withhold the tapes.