The Theater: Broadway Breeding-Ground

College dramatics today are not only more of an art than they once were; they are very much more of an industry. At Yale, Wisconsin and Stanford, drama departments boast opulent budgets and even million-dollar playhouses. Yet the most newsworthy and perhaps the most notable of college drama schools—Catholic University's in Washington, D.C.—has a theater that holds just 350 people and a current production budget of $3,700.

Moreover, Catholic University has been producing plays for less than eight years. Yet in that time it has attracted most of Broadway's and Hollywood's bigwigs to its productions. It has tempted such performers as Sara...

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