Theatre: Weekly on Wages

That many an idle man and woman has been saved from starvation or worse by WPA's Federal Theatre is not doubted for a moment by Broadway, although many a Broadwayite wonders what they did with themselves before the Depression. That in 1936 all Federal Theatre enrollees received a higher annual wage than most legitimate Broadway players, who supposedly could take care of themselves and did not need the dole, was an assertion, sensational if true, made last week by The Billboard ("The World's Foremost Amusement Weekly").

The Billboard headlined its discovery: WPA BOYS IN...

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