Robert Porterfield

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Austinville, Virginia, USA
Robert (Bob) Porterfield is better known for his activities in the live theater. The beginning of his career coincided with some of the deepest days of the Great Depression and, while his movie resume may be forgotten in time, he will always be remembered for starting the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. In 1932 he assembled a group of about 20 out-of-work stage actors from New York and brought them to southwestern Virginia to stage plays in the old city hall building on the barter system. Admission to the plays was 35 cents or the equivalent in produce (or other comestibles). Read more...


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