In 2008, Proposition 8 re-wrote the Californian state constitution to ban marriage for gay and lesbian citizens. In response, two couples filed suit against Prop 8 in the Federal Court.

In a world first, JOY 94.9 volunteers have produced a radio play version of 8 The Play, written by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

8 The Play demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, and uncovers the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Cast in order of appearance

Broadcast journalist
Emma O’Connor
James Findlay
James Rothery
Sandy Stier
Sarah Kilalea
Kris Perry
Amanda Hart
Clerk of Courts
Michael Strauss
Mr Olson
Avi Miller
Judge Vaughan Walker
David Moyle
Mr Boise
Tony Pitman
Mr Cooper
Andy Bell
Paul Katami
Jacob Holman
Jeffrey Zarillo
Zeke Farrell
Dr Nancy Cott
Shannon Gillies
Dr Meyer
Jeffrey Trollope
Evan Wolfson
Callum Padgett
Maggie Gallagher
Sue Wilkinson
Ryan Kendall
Nelson Barber
Dr Herek
Philip Jones
Dr Segura
Patrick Weyland-Smith
Dr Tam
Shane Tse
Mr Blankenhorn
Brent Stevenson
Mark Hadden


Stephen Barber
Avi Miller and Stephen Barber
Sound Engineer and Editor
Kyle Evans