The first openly gay person elected to public office in Illinois will be part of the cast performing the play '8' on the ISU campus this weekend. '8' was written by Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter for "Milk," and "J. Edgar." It's based on the trial to overturn California's proposition eight. Passed by voters, the initiative bars adoption of children by same-sex couples. ISU Alum Tom Chiola, who was elected to serve as circuit court judge in Cook County, portrays the presiding judge in the case, Vaughn Walker:
Chiola says Judge Walker allowed the trial to be video taped, but the tapes were never released. The play relies on the actual words of trial transcripts, and first hand observations by those at the trial. The reading will be at 7:30 Saturday evening in the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University.
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