Gay rights fight on stage

'8' to debut at BGSU Firelands.
Alissa Widman Neese
Jan 30, 2014


The national issue of gay marriage is hitting the local stage this weekend.

The BGSU Firelands College Threatre will perform “8,” a fairly new play addressing the U.S. gay rights movement and the fight for marriage equality.

The play is a staged reading of a federal trial that overturned Proposition 8, a 2008 amendment eliminating the rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. 

Want to go?
• WHAT: “8” the play, followed by panel discussion about gay marriage 
• WHEN AND WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Friday, McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands; 2 p.m. Saturday, Art & Health Technologies Center Recital Hall at Terra State Community College
• COST: Free at the door, but a $10 donation is encouraged
• INFO: Contact director Grechen Wingerter or visit     

Dustin Lance Black created the play to give the public a true account of what transpired in the courtroom, in response to the court refusing to release a video recording of the trial. It first debuted in 2011 and uses text from real-life transcripts, records and interviews.

A cast of about 20 people will present the play Friday evening at BGSU Firelands and Saturday afternoon at Terra State Community College. The group includes BGSU Firelands students, faculty and local actors of all ages.

Grechen Wingerter, the play’s director and a BGSU Firelands instructor, decided to pursue the play to educate local people about what she considers an important issue, she said.

“The idea of equality has always been important to me, and this play is a way for me to help make people aware of what’s happening in our world,” Wingerter said. “I don’t think everyone always sees the real people behind these issues”

Admission this weekend is free, but a $10 donation is encouraged, to benefit Broadway Impact. The organization, as well as the American Foundation for Equal Rights, sponsor the play and allow colleges to use its script free of charge, intending for it to be used as an educational tool.

A panel discussion about gay marriage will follow the performance, and individuals with any viewpoints on the matter are encouraged to participate.

“We’re hoping to spark a conversation about what this means in our community,” Wingerter said. “My personal beliefs may be clear, but I’m not trying to convert anyone to my views. I just want people to listen”

Actor Richard Amezquita, of Monroeville, a nontraditional student at BGSU Firelands, said he became involved with the production because he knew it would get people talking.

Amezquita plays David Blankenhorn, an advocate against same-sex marriage in the U.S. in 2008.

“It’s an honor to be a part of something that’s putting a spotlight on issues a lot of people don’t want to talk about,” he said. “Someone needs to speak out, even if no one else is, and I have a feeling this is going to be a production that a lot of people can relate to”


Dr. Information

Oh great, another Gahayyyyyy topic by the SR. Batting .1000 for the year so far.

John Harville

Doctor Doctor!! on the same page is a story about a play at Harlequins about your creator - "Dr Fronkensteen".


To much is it? Hasn't received as much attention as the Wukie debacle, and I don't see you complaining about that.


Why do they need a play about it? To make it easy just have one person stand up and read the constitution, Let everyone know they are all citizens and their rights are covered inside it till they allow the government to dictate which rights they can and cannot have even though they are already guaranteed within the law of the land.

John Harville

Donegan. Maybe YOU should read the Constitution. The document is a framework delineating a process for operation of a Federal Government.
The Constitution is NOT a Blanket Grant of Rights. If it was, then the document would have abolished slavery, would have provided women the vote, would have had senators elected rather than appointed, would not have needed a Bill of Rights...
If there wasn't a Mormon-backed Prop 8 in California, there would be no need for an explanation.
Oh, why do I bother?


14th amendment. "Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
It does not need a definition from the government to regulate it, It is your rights guaranteed by the document. Why do you want people in Washington to interpret your rights? Gay or not they are Citizens first and NO STATE SHALL MAKE OR ENFORCE ANY LAW WHICH SHALL ABRIDGE THE PRIVILEGES OR IMMUNITIES OF CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. How hard is it for you government worshippers to realize your rights are already there, You let others interpret them to take them away. Why does anyone bother with you folks all you want to do is dictate what others can and cannot do.


John, actually, the Constitution DOES abolish slavery, provide women the vote, etc. The Constitution was designed to be amended, and it was, indeed, amended to do so.

The first ten amendments -- better known as the Bill of Rights -- was appended at the behest of the states getting set to vote on the Constitution. It was supposedly an added surety of states' rights (among other things). But do, please, pay particular attention to the NINTH amendment. It very clearly states that rights don't go away simply because they're not enumerated within the Constitution, whether in the original OR via amendment.

thinkagain's picture

The human body has a specific design and function.

Homosexuality is a state that a person degenerates into. (Romans 1:18-32).


Take that "function" and go ---- yourself. Got no time for ignorant fools.

John Harville

Stop Thinking!! Again! Taking Paul's letter to Romans out of context does not make you seem informed...
"Roman 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth....
"Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things....2:3 Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things..."
OR does Romans in your Bible end after the first chapter?

Bottom Line

These guys sure are cramming this gay stuff down our throat.


Penis joke intended? Because it's funny!


Aljazeera had a thing tonite about gay teachers fired by Catholic schools, online report links back to SR....


Simple fix for most of you commenting here...DONT READ THE ARTICLES and DONT GO TO THE PLAY. You may get educated and or change an opinion or two. Heaven forbid that happen to you closed minded, uneducated people who live to hate...