When asked how Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will change his play "8," Dustin Lance Black responded simply: "I'm going to have to rewrite the ending."
Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of "Milk," wrote the play "8" in response to the court battle over
The play, based on the transcripts of the case, had a high-profile staged reading in Los Angeles last year with an all-star cast that included
Wednesday's high-court ruling struck down part of the federal
Black said that the play "8" was conceived after he attended court proceedings for the case formerly known as Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, now known as Hollingsworth vs. Perry.
"A movie takes years to make; a reading of a play takes months. So we decided to do a play," said Black. The play had a Broadway reading in 2011 followed by the L.A. event. Since then, it has been performed at schools and regional theaters around the country.
"I don't charge a dime for royalties of the play. It helps get the word across the country."
The play was produced by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a nonprofit group that led the legal fight concerning Prop. 8. Black is board member of the group.
The writer said that he and the American Foundation for Equal Rights will continue to pursue the legalization of same-sex marriage in other states where it is not allowed.
As for the play "8," Black said that he hopes there will one day be no need for the play: "In the long term, I hope to see it in the trash can."