Monday night's star-studded reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, which renacts the Prop. 8 trial, played to sold-out audience but it seems Maggie Gallagher, of the anti-gay marriage group National Organization of Marriage, stole the show. Black, who won an Oscar for his Milk script, has all-star cast at his disposal--Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Anthony Edwards, Larry Kramer and Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) all star--to tell the tale of California's Proposition 8 trial. But it was Gallagher, her eating habits and a tense laugh that transfixed bloggers. Here's what we now know about the NOM chairwoman's date with 8:
She is now a supporter of equal rights. Unless she was given the tickets (and even then someone may have paid for them) or bought them on the black market, Gallagher's dollars went to a cause she's devoted to fight against. Elizabeth Riel, from the American Foundation For Equal Rights confirmed that "100% [of the ticket proceeds] went to AFER and Broadway Impact to secure full federal marriage equality."
She has no manners. "Ms.Gallagher brought a large plastic bag of loud food, which she rustled and munched throughout the production (she's still got it on the way out)," wrote blogger Andy Towle who sat a few rows in front of Gallagher. "Perhaps she thought it was a popcorn flick she was going to. In any case, someone should have told her that it's rude, perhaps even against the rules, to eat in the theatre. But we already know what Gallagher and her organization think of rules."