The Stage in America, 1897-1900

The Stage in America, 1897-1900

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The Stage in America, 1897-1900

The Stage in America, 1897-1900

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IN the recent development of the drama in America there has been no single phenomenon so distinct and strong as what has been commonly called the Theatrical Trust. Its growth was rapid, its power immense, and the history of its rise, if intimately known, sounds like a melodrama or a satirical romance.

Average human nature among actors and managers has many constant features. The trust grew out of the love of money. It is wholly commercial. How many outside of it are much influenced by unselfish considerations? There is some truth in talk about art, but more cant. Most of the trouble between the actors and the Syndicate has been over terms, and, in most cases, when the players who talked most about intelligence and freedom were offered more money, they became silent.

The excessive love of wealth is one of the gloomy qualities of American life. It influences you, the reader, and me, the writer, as well as the actor, the playwright, and the manager. In all . . .

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