Brad Pitt and George Clooney will be featured in the star-studded play 8 on Saturday, which examines the overturning of the controversial Proposition 8 law in California.
The American Foundation of Equal Rights and Broadway has announced that the play will be live-streamed on YouTube at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. A pre-show will also be live-streamed with an introduction from Director Rob Reiner, who will give context about the play and issues being addressed.
YouTube's parent company, Google publicly opposed Proposition 8 in a 2008 blog post. It read:
While there are many objections to this proposition - further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text - it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 - we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.
Pitt will be joining George Clooney and Dustin Lance Black, in a one-night reading of the play that will be performed at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday.
The Oscar-nominated actor will play the part of U.S. District Chief Judge, Vaughn R. Walker, who overturned California's gay-marriage ban in 2010, after ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
The California Supreme Court forbid camera from the courtroom during the original trial, and therefore the play hopes to give people a looking behind the scenes at what took place behind closed doors.
At long last each and every American will be able to see for themselves what happens when prejudice and fear are put on trial in a court of law, said AFER board president Chad Griffin in a statement, CNN Reported.
For over two years, the anti-marriage proponents of Proposition 8 have fought tooth and nail to hide their discriminatory arguments from the American people. But on Saturday night, thanks to YouTube and our incredible cast, people across the nation, from Los Angeles to Little Rock to Baltimore, will get to watch as our Constitution's promise of liberty and equality for all is protected.
Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly, Campbell Brown, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Rory O'Malley, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Vanessa Garcia, Jansen Panatierre, James Pickens, Jr., and Bridger Zadina will also star in the play that first premiered on Broadway in September.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Marriage
While rumors of wedlock continue to surround the Hollywood A-list couple, both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have said that they will not marry until restrictions on who can marry are dropped.
Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able, the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine's October issue in 2006.