The Theater: Black & White String

It looked as if Washington playgoers would have to drop either Jim Crow or the theater.

Actors' Equity has forbidden all its actors to play at the' National, Washington's only legitimate theater, after Aug. 1, unless the National opens its doors to Negroes. Last week the Federal Works Agency made another theater available: the old Belasco Theater,* now a storehouse for Treasury records. Likely proviso: the highest bidder must guarantee not to discriminate against Negroes.

*On the site of the house where William Henry Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State, was stabbed the same night Lincoln was shot.


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