Please imagine, if you will, a scenario, that goes a little something like this: You have fallen in love. A deep and intense love that you have never felt before. And within that love it becomes evident that your desire is to live out your life and experiences with the person with which you have fallen. You want to create a life with them, build a home, envision a future and grow old together. For many people that may mean taking the plunge, exchanging wedding vows, declaring in front of family and friends that you intend to cherish, shelter and nourish each other until death parts you. Some couples throw lavish, extravagant events, while others invite a small, intimate group of people. And some choose to elope. Regardless of the size of the wedding ceremony, the sentiment remains the same. It is about love and commitment. It seems pure and simple, doesn’t it? Now, imagine, if you will, one more part to this scenario. You are in a same-sex relationship. The wedding you had, or more accurately, the marriage you thought you had, no longer exists. Somehow others, unrelated to your life, decided that you can no longer afford the same rights as people in heterosexual partnerships. Somehow others, unrelated to your life, decided that your love and commitment should not be validated. Somehow others, unrelated to your life, decided your future. Proposition 8.
OUT Boulder, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, proudly presents a staged reading of “8”, a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. Though closed to the public, when it was being argued, the transcripts became accessible and thus, the creation of this play was born. The reading of “8” is quite timely, indeed, as the United States Supreme Court prepares to hear new arguments regarding Prop 8, and by December 12 a decision whether or not to revisit the case will be made. Until then, however, these marriages remain, sadly, invalid.
Directed by Band of Toughs Co-Founder Colleen Mylott, “8” is performed by local professional actors as well as students, past and present, of Naropa University and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Following the play there will be a discussion with a highly regarded panel considering the impact Prop 8 has on the legal system and the LGBTQ community.
Do yourself a favor, check out “8”. You may want to ask yourself how you would feel if your “rights” to love someone else were revoked. You also might want to consider this: Should loving someone else actually be a “right”? Or, should it just be a part of human nature and without question? Should politics really play a part of all of this?
Politics indeed make strange bedfellows.
When: 7:00 p.m. December 6, 2012
Where: Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Ave. Boulder, CO 80306
$10 for Students, Seniors and Groups of 8 or more.
$25 General Admission, $50 VIP Donor Admission
Proceeds benefit AFER and their ongoing fight to secure full federal marriage equality.