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ASU Theatre Program to Host Play Reading

March 28, 2013

Angelo State University’s theatre program will conduct a one-night-only staged reading of “8 The Play” on Saturday, April 6, in the University Auditorium inside the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Avenue N.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. and is open free to the public.  ASU students, faculty and community members will read from the play, which recreates a federal court’s ruling on marriage equality.  It is based on arguments presented during the 2010 trial that overturned California’s Proposition 8 – the 2008 ballot measure that ended the marriage rights of same-sex couples.  An appeal of that ruling has worked its way through the court system to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on it in June.

After the reading, participants will conduct a moderated “talk-back,” and audience members will be encouraged to participate.

“8 The Play” was brought to ASU by Matt Smith, who recently graduated with his master’s degree in communication.  He discovered it while researching a project for the Rhetorical Analysis course taught by Dr. Adria Battaglia.  The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, an organization of theatre artists and fans who support marriage equality, licensed the ASU reading free of charge as an educational tool.

For more information, contact Smith at 325-486-6194 or, or contact Battaglia at 325-942-2031 or


Matt Smith

Dr. Adria Battaglia