Sunday, September 16, 2012

"8" Takes The FV Stage

                                                           By Holly Shanks of the Forum

A piece of the Marriage Equality battle is coming to STLCC Florissant Valley’s own Terry M. Fischer Theatre this October. In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to ban gay marriage. Earlier this year, the Proposition was overturned by a federal appeals court.
 The play "8" is based on the Federal District court case filed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to overturn Proposition 8.  Actors conduct the play by reading from the script written by Dustin Lance Black, founding board member of AFER and winner of a 2009 Academy Award for the screenplay of Milk, starring Sean Penn. A Broadway staged reading of "8" was held as a benefit for AFER and included a host of Hollywood actors, such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
 Before the play could take the stage on the FV campus, Dan Betzler, director of the play at STLCC-FV, had several approval processes to complete with STLCC and the play’s producers, AFER and Broadway Impact, an organization supporting marriage equality. 
 Make no mistake, "8" is a play with a purpose in supporting marriage equality and following each performance of the play, “talkback” sessions will be held with marriage equality advocates comprised of openly gay and lesbian panelist to help further the conversation on ways to become involved in the marriage equality movement. 
Statement from the FV Friendly Colors campus club, “Friendly Colors welcomes the opening of the Play 8 on our campus, and hopes that it raises awareness of gay marriage, and offers opportunities for peaceful, respectful discussions of this topic. We, as a club, support gay marriage.”

The FV Campus Crusade for Christ club was also contacted, but are unable to provide a statement at this time due to pending club officer elections.

 Cast List
                              Character Name       Actor Name
Sandy Stier -
Kris Perry -
Spencer Perry -
Elliot Perry -
Paul Katami -
Jeff Zarrillo -
Charles J. Cooper -
David Blankenhorn -
Judge Vaughn Walker -
David Boise -
Theodore Olsen -
Maggie Gallager -
Evan Wolfson -
Broadcast Journalist -
Clerk -
Ryan Kendall -
Dr. Nancy Cott -
Dr. Gregory Herek -
Dr. Gary Segura -
Dr. William Tam -
Dr. Ilan Meyer -
Director -
Asst. Dir. / Stage Mgr. -
Theater Supervisor  -
Technical Director -
Janice Mantovani
Taleesha Stewart
Larry Bogan
Kareem Spann
A.J. Pupillo
Robert             Hanson
Sherard Curry
Alex Hylton
Dean Rosen
Thom Crain
Brad Kinzel
Stacey Lampman
Cortez Gayden
Jayden Reign
Jacquiline Daniel-Bolden
Nick Wells
Angie Bilyeu
Daniel  DePina
Chris Armstead
Steve Bai
Peter Buschbacher
Dan Betzler
Michelle Henley
Marie McCool
T. Williamson

 “8” can be seen: 

Friday, October 5 at 8 pm
Talkback panelist include: Michael Colona, Missouri House of Representatives, Audrey Pearson, Co-founder – Inthelyfe St. Louis and Hemla Singaravelu, Ph.D., Associate Professor – Saint Louis University Department of Counseling and Family Therapy.

Saturday, October 6 at 8 pm
Talkback panelists include: Robyn Berkley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Business, Beth Drouant, Consultant and Advocate – Life Skills, Julikka LaChe, American Sign Interpreter – Saint Louis Community College- Florissant Valley and Jeanette Mott Oxford, Missouri House of Representatives.

Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm
Talkback panelists include: A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director – PROMO, Al Fischer, Artistic Director – Gateway Men’s Chorus, Pamela Merritt, Statewide E-Organizer – Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Missouri and Charlie Robin, Executive Director – Edison Theatre at Washington University.

Terry M. Fischer Theatre, 3400 Pershall Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135
For more information call the box office at 314-513-4488 or visit

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