Dustin Lance Black’s 8 – Director and Producer

Cast bows

8, by Academy-Award winner Dustin Lance Black, is a documentary play taken from the transcripts of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial that eventually made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The play offers a performative method for understanding the legal intricacies of this historic gay marriage trial. In 2012, Lindsey directed a production at Stanford University, that cast of which included undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and lawyers and paralegals. After the performance at Stanford, Lindsey moderated a panel of lawyers, artist-scholars, and two of the plaintiffs of the trial. In 2015, she directed another production of 8, this time for a San Francisco-based law firm’s Dive/In diversity festival. Her article about directing 8, and the challenges of staging courtroom trials, can be found in Dance Theatre Journal (more information under “Publications”).

Response from the Chair of Stanford Theater and Performance Studies

The show was beautifully staged and very moving as well as informative. I know how much  work it was to stage it and manage  such a large (and super TALENTED) cast. I loved the costumes, staging, and lighting. It was a great draw and a boon for the department.

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