Matt Bomer Joins Black's Prop. 8 Play
BY Jeremy Kinser
August 31 2011 6:00 PM ET
Matt Bomer is the latest actor added to the star-studded cast of Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8-themed play 8, according to Michael Musto in The Village Voice.
Bomer, who also stars in the series White Collar, will play Jeff Zarillo, real-life husband of Paul Katami, who'll be portrayed by the previously announced Cheyenne Jackson. The couple were central litigants in the Prop. 8 trial.
Also added to the cast, which already includes Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, and Marisa Tomei, are Broadway vets John Lithgow and Bradley Whitford. The Normal Heart's Joe Mantello will direct the one-night-only staged reading in New York September 19.
Black's play will follow the final days of the federal legal challenge to California's Proposition 8, which eliminated the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry in California. He based it on actual trial transcripts and firsthand observations of the courtroom drama as well as interviews with plaintiffs and families. Proceeds from the performance will go to American Foundation for Equal Rights.