Lit Fest Performance: Trumbo

About the performance:

"Trumbo" focuses on the life of screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), who was one of the famed Hollywood Ten. Trumbo was blacklisted for refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, during the committee's investigation into Communist influences in the film industry.


Charles “Chuck” Gallagher

Charles "Chuck" Gallagher retired as editor of the Reading Eagle after nearly 40 years with the newspaper. During his tenure there he developed the Weekend  and Voices  sections, the Newspaper in Education and Berks Best programs.

His theater experiences began in 1964 as a student at Kutztown University and evolved into more than 30 acting roles, including leading roles in "My Fair Lady," "Taming of the Shrew," "That Championship Season" and  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?" A co-founder of Shoestring Productions, he has directed several productions and has written the book for two musicals. He resides with his wife, Ellen, in Ruscombmanor Township.

Kirk Lawrence

Kirk Lawrence is Co-Director, with Chuck Gallagher, of Shoestring Productions. For Shoestring he has directed "Side Man" for the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, and "8" in conjunction with the Miller Center at RACC as a benefit performance for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Kirk had the privilege of meeting the late Christopher Trumbo, and the play's original Director, Peter Askin, while working at the West Side Theatre in New York where Trumbo had its first commercial run. Kirk can usually be found on stage somewhere in the Berks/Lehigh area, and on the third Wednesday of every other month at 9pm on the BCTV show "That's What She Said!" Kirk dedicates this performance of Trumbo to all those who have fought, and continue to fight, to keep the truths outshining the lies.

Start Date: 10/15/2013 1:00 pm
End Date: 10/15/2013 2:30 pm
Location: Bernardine Lecture Hall
Sponsor: Literary Festival
Contact: Sue Guay -
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