Jane Cowl Surprised That Lines of "Road to Rome" Should Be Cut in Boston-Acting More Part of Women Than of Men
"Most men think themselves too handsome ever to become successful stage actors," asserted Jane Cowl, star of "The Road to Rome," by R. E. Sherwood '17, last night to a CRIMSON reporter as she sat in her dressing rom dressed as Amytis, her character in the play.
"Too many women fall for this very reason. They think that all they have to do is to have a pretty face, get up and say a cute one or two, and then go draw a large salary at the end of the week.
"A few men have become great actors, such as Mr. J. Barrymore, but acting seems to be more a woman's profession. It is more a part of us than it is with men. But to be a good actor one must have more than mere ability. A willingness to sweep the floor, if such is necessary, the ability to go night after night without sleep, and above all patience, all are requisites to success. Why, I could make every one of my costumes right now if I had to, and I did not learn that art after I had advanced, but when I was struggling along with a few lines in some small part.
"By the way, 4 hear that people think 'The Road to Rome', is somewhat naughty, but either I am too wrapped up in the producing of the drama, or else I am just different: I cannot see why after our first performance here in Boston they should cut the lines, and what choice bit they were, too! I do not mean to criticise the Boston audience at all, for contrary to most people's opinion. I find that it is very receptive. Maybe it is because there are so many students out there among the people. I always enjoy playing before students anyway. They seem to be so much livelier, and are not forever criticising an actress's nose for being a trifle too long or hereself for being too expressive in her acting."