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Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer & John C. Reilly Join 8 in L.A.

Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer & John C. Reilly Join 8 in L.A.
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Additional casting for the L.A. reading of '8' has been announced.

Kevin Bacon, Glee’s Chris Colfer and Tony nominee John C. Reilly will join the previously announced George Clooney in the Los Angeles premiere of Dustin Lance Black’s 8, according to Variety. The one night only event will be held at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3. Rob Reiner, who appeared in the show's New York premiere, is set to direct. The play chronicles the historic federal court trial overturning Proposition 8, the ballot measure that denied gay and lesbian couples in California the right to marry.

Clooney and Martin Sheen will star as David Boies and Ted Olson, respectively, the lead counsels for the plaintiffs in the case. Rob Reiner has a role in the play, in addition to directing. Roles to be played by Colfer, Bacon and Reilly have yet to be announced. The cast will also feature Jamie Lee Curtis as Stier, Christine Lahti as Perry, Jane Lynch as Maggie Gallagher, Matthew Morrison as Paul Katami, in addition to Campbell Brown, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones,  George Takei and veterans of the original New York reading: Matt Bomer, Rory O'Malley and Yeardley Smith.

The play received a starry one night only reading in New York on September 19. Directed by Joe Mantello, the cast of the New York production included Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Cheyenne Jackson and more. Proceeds from the Los Angeles production will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights in its fight for marriage equality.

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