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Jane Lynch Cast as Maggie Gallagher

Jane Lynch Cast as Maggie Gallagher


Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matthew Morrison, and in an amusing twist, Jane Lynch as equality opponent Maggie Gallagher are among the latest actors to join George Clooney in the Los Angeles reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, reports theLos Angeles Times.

Black used the actual words of the transcripts and firsthand observations of the court trial to overturn Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, as well as interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

Glee star Morrison will play Paul Katami, one of the plaintiffs. "I grew up in theater and I have a lot of gay friends who've gotten married," he tells the Times. Jamie Lee Curtis will take on the role of another plaintiff, Sandy Stier. The veteran actress tells the Times she wanted to be "something that the American public has been prohibited from seeing. The idea is to get the message out to as many people as possible."

Matt Bomer, George Takei, Yeardley Smith, Campbell Brown, Rory O'Malley, and activist Cleve Jones are also scheduled to appear in the Los Angeles production. Clooney was previously announced to play marriage equality defender attorney David Boies. The one-night-only staged reading, directed by Rob Reiner, will take place March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles and is expected to raise $2 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the nonprofit that took the case to court.

Watch footage from the New York production here.

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