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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: AUGUST 19, 1917.
The Player Comes to Town
By Frederic J. Haskin
New York City, Aug. 16. This is
the height of the theatrical season in
New York. Not the theatrical sea
son as the public knows" it, with mobs
around the box offices and the news
papers full of pictures and criticisms,
but the most important season for the
players themselves, when, carefully
toileted and prepared, they make their
rounds of the various theatrical
agencies in search of contracts.
Stars who hold a secure position in
the theatrical tirmament may be seen
driving, their roadsters and pet bull
dogs along the familiar Fifth avenue;
ingenues with Mary Pictford curls
and black velvet bonnets are to be
found making surreptitious selections
of gowns on Fourteenth street, while
Broadway teems with chorus girls.
Girls yith naturally yellow hair,
girls with artificial yellow hair, girls
with black hair, red hair, brown hair,
pale green hair girls of every type
of figure, coloring, complexion are to
be seen oh Broadway now, wearing
that look of self-conscious uncon
ciousness characteristic of the foot
light favorite. For no actress, whether
she be walking down the street, buy
ing a pair of shoes or sipping a
claret lemonade, ever quite loses that
feeling of "the audience."
Stars and Chorus Girls Soon.
Six weeks more and most of them
vill be gone. Then you will still see
stars and chorus girls on Broadway,
but they will be only the few that are
in the shows which remain in New
York; the rest will be out on the road.
But now, if you want to obtain a
glimpse of the theatrical profession
in the glory of its most elaborate
Jiabiliments, climb up on top of a Fifth
avenue bus on Sunday afternoon and
yatch the long leisurely parade of
afternoon promenaders. Here, in a
frock coat and silk hat, white carna
tion in his buttonhole, comes a popu
lar musical comedy star, whose tal
'fcnt in dancing and love-making has
thrilled every matinee girl from New
.York to San Francisco, In the mid
Idle of the block he lifts his hat, grins
and throws a kiss to a gray-dad young
I lady in a yellow car, who owns a
good-sized farm on Long Island, but
who still enjoys the distinction of
being America's most popular woman
Next come two shimmering chorus
girls on the arm of a prominent vau
deville idol, while behind them are a
well-known ingenue and an old lady
who draws a fabulous salary in char
acter parts. So the procession goes.
Tragedians, clowns, vampires, in
genues, leading men, "butlers," char
acters, chorus girls all occur on one
stretch of pavement.
August the Busy Month.
August is always the player's month
in New York. It is the month when
most of the contracts are signed,
when new plays are rehearsed and
when new costumes are bought.
Managers, agents, both theatrical and
press, boarding house keepers, hotels,
dressmakers, milliners, wig shops,
hairdressers, manicurists and ready
made wear shops all prepare for the
large influx of players. For, while
the tired business man and the mati
nee girl are frolicking away the hot
summer holidays at fashionable sum
mering places, the players are spend
ing their vacations hunting jobs.
"I've been invited to spend two
weeks with a friend of mine who has
a s.,'ell place on Long Island mar
ried a guy with money but I can't
leave New York," a chorus girl was
heard to remark in a cafe the other
day. She was having lunch with a
young man who looked as if he might
be a struggling artist or musician,
and, incredible as it may seem, they
were both taking nothing more
wicked than club sandwiches and ice
tea. - .
"Why isn't the railroad operating
as usual?" asked the young man,
It ain't the fault of the railroad,"
said the chorus girl, smiling. "It's
that piece of cheese who calls himself
an agent, v I've been up to see him
five times, and he won't let me know
whether I'm going to get a contract
or not. And Ive got to have next
season's contract tucked in my glove
before 1 leave New York, or there
may not be any next season for me."
Usually, even with a contract in her
strong box, it is impossible for a girl
to leave New York. She has got to
be on hand for rehearsals, and, al
though they may not start for a
month, she is afraid to go away for
fear they will decide to begin them
immediately. Maybe, they do start
the' next week. After that every day
for four weeks in succession she must
appear at the theater at 10 o'clock in
the morning and work until 6, some
times 9 o'clock, at night, with nothing
but I sandwich and a glass of milk
to keep up her endurance. This is if
she is a chorus girl, of course. If she
is a star, or if she has "arrived" in
any other kind of a part, things are
made easier for her.
A star may hold a scene back for a
whole hour, and the manager will
smile sweetly at her when she appears
finally on the arm of a prominent
brewer who is backing the show
which effort makes him all the more
irritable and exacting with the chorus.
The chorus is to blame for every
thing. If the lyrics are not good, it
is because the chorus does not know
how to sing them; if a scenic effect is
out of harmony, it is the fault of the
chorus they did not stand in the
proper places; if anything goes wrong
from the star's best song in the sec
ond act to the proceeds of the box
office, it is blamed on tlie chorus. Por
all this weight of responsibility the
chorus girl gets from $20 to $25 a
week, from which she must pay for
her clothes and her board, including
hotel and railroad expenses if she
goes on the road. If anything hap
pens" to the production her contract
is immediately void. She has to pay
her own fare home. Moreover, the
four weeks she has spent in constant
rehearsing are absolutely wasted.
Thus she is practically compelled to
contribute capital in the form of her
time, which is worth money to an
enterprise in the profits of which she
has the smallest share.
Burden of the Failures.
Only one play out of seven in New ,
York succeeds definitely. Two out of
every three are failures. While the
chorus girls stand the brunt of these
ill-tempered failures, all the players
run the same risk concerning the suc
cess of. the play. They cannot collect
anything on their time if the play
"goei under." Everybody agrees that
this free rehearsal system is most un
fair. It is a system that was started
fifty years ago when almost every
play staged was a success, but has
been continued down to the present
day when the actor faces entirely new
Another unjust feature which the
player must face is his contract That
imoortant document, which keeps so
many of them in New York during
this month, protects the producer
beautifully, but the player literally
not at all. A man may have a con
tract to play a certain part in a cer
tain show, for example, but let the
management decide it does not want
him and he is dismissed usually with
two weeks' notice sometimes none
at all. On the other hand, if a man
ager decides he wants to keep a man
after his contract expires, he usually
does so, not by means of the con
tract but by a black list, the threat of
which is enough to keep a player in
one company for years.
Recently, and comparatively sud
denly, the player has come to realize
that his own position is distinctly on
the same plane with that of the hod
carrier, if not a trifle worse. One
does not hear so much talk about art
and artists now in New York, and a
great deal more about organized la
bor. Not long ago, a number of vau
deville artists, newly acquired -members
of the Federation of labor, were
able to obtain a few concessions by
going on a strike. It made a tre
mendous impression throughout the
profession. This summer, while the
player is waiting with his usual im
patient patience for a contract, he is
a shade more independent. With him
it is now a case of "not that we love
our art less, but that we love our free
Welch Loses Injunction
Suit on Garbage Question
John W. Welch, proprietor of a
string of restaurants, lost his injunc
tion suit against the city of Omaha,
which he brought in an attempt to
prevent Carl Sorensen, official gar
bage collector, from hauling refuse
ayay from the eating houses. Welch
said the garbage was worth $12,000
a year to him to feed hogs with. Judge
Troup, sitting in equity court, denied
the injunction and dissolved the tem
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