Actors in the reading of "8" (l-r) Jeff Demma and Jessica Silver, rehearse with Director Ross Martineau. Photo courtesy of "8"

Actors in the reading of “8” (l-r) Jeff Demma and Jessica Silver, rehearse with Director Ross Martineau. Photo courtesy of “8”

Q&A with Director Ross Martineau

Introduction

A one-night-only reading of the play “8,” taken directly from the court transcript of Proposition 8, California’s controversial proposition against gay marriage, will take place on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at the KCC Performing Arts Center. The YWCA, in collaboration with Lambda Aloha, Pflag Kaua`i, Malama Pono and Ross Martineau, are the producers.

Martineau, a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild, is also the director. Twenty-one actors will read the play based on the transcripts of California’s Prop. 8 case. Readers will include Arnold Meister, Ron Wood, David Penhallow Scott, Jeff Demma, Jennifer Downs, Laurie Aguayo and Faith Harding.

Forkauaionline.com asked Director Martineau to give some background on the play “8” and explain the implications it has for society at large and also in Hawai`i and on Kaua`i.

In rehearsal with the play "8." Photo courtesy of "8"

In rehearsal with the play “8.” Photo courtesy of “8”

Q&A

fk       Please give some background on the play.

rm       Dustin Lance Black, who won an academy award as the screenwriter for the movie Milk and who also wrote J. Edgar wrote a play based on Proposition 8, which is California’s controversial proposition against gay marriage. It