Stage Note: CMU to host reading of play about Prop 8; Cohen & Grigsby Trust presents series schedule

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Carnegie Mellon University will host a free one-night reading of "8," a play chronicling the trial that challenged Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage in California. CMU graduate Rory O'Malley, a Tony nominee in "The Book of Mormon," was instrumental in bringing the play here on Sept. 10, when it will be read by CMU School of Drama students.

The play by Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black ("Milk" and "J. Edgar"), a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, recounts the court case filed by AFER to overturn Prop 8.

Mr. O'Malley, a founder of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization dedicated to marriage equality, played a role in a reading in Los Angeles that included George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

The free reading will take place in CMU's McConomy Auditorium. Students with valid ID may get two tickets each; members of the public, one. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the University Center Information Desk; more at Details on "8" on Twitter at @8theplay or Facebook.

Trust Presents

Emmy-winning actor William Shatner and Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding are among the draws in the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series for 2012-13. Ticket prices and more information: 412-456-6666 or

Here's the schedule:

Sept. 28-29, 8 p.m., Byham Theater: STREB: FORCES. Elizabeth Streb choreography, presented with the Pittsburgh Dance Council.

Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Benedum Center: Celtic Thunder Voyage. Celtic and Irish music.

Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Byham: Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society. Bassist/vocalist and 2011 Grammy winner as best new artist.

Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Byham: Alfie Boe. Tenor who played Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary staging of "Les Miserables."

Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Byham: Capitol Steps comedy troupe.

Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Byham: Acoustic Africa Afropean Woman. Performers include Ivory Coast vocalist/dancer Dobet Gnahore, bassist Manu Gallo of West Africa, and Cameroonian singer Kareyce Fotso.

Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Byham: Brazilian instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil.

Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Byham: Singer-songwriter Citizen Cope.

Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Benedum: Buddy Valastro Live! TLC's "Cake Boss" on his Homemade for the Holidays Tour.

Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Benedum: William Shatner re-creates his Broadway show, "Shatner's World: We Just Live in It."

Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Byham: Fiddler Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul: "An Nollaig -- An Irish Christmas."

Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Benedum: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis.

Feb. 9, 8 p.m., Byham: Singer/songwriter Stew & The Negro Problem revisit Tony winner "Passing Strange."

Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Benedum: DRUMLine Live shares onstage marching-band experience.

March 1, 8 p.m., Benedum: Brit Floyd, the Pink Floyd tribute show.

March 19, 7:30 p.m., Byham: Slask Song and Dance Ensemble of Poland's 60th anniversary tour.

March 20, 7:30 p.m., Byham: Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars orchestra.

April 26, 8 p.m., Byham: Saxophonist Boney James.

April 27, 8 p.m., Byham: Stand-up and cabaret with Sandra Bernhard.


Sharon Eberson: or 412-263-1960.


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