Al Hayman was a theatrical producer and manager. The collection consists of carbon-copy holograph letters written by Hayman
and compiled in two bound volumes.
Al Hayman was born in 1847 in Wheeling, West Virginia. In 1882, he began his career as a theatrical manager when he began
managing the Bush Theatre in San Francisco. Hayman produced many successful plays and purchased or managed other theaters.
In 1886, he partnered with Charles Frohman to start a booking agency providing Western US theatres with entertainment and
venues provided by Frohman entertainment companies. This partnership was later attributed to the beginning of the theatre
monopoly known as The Syndicate, which dominated theatre bookings in the United States from 1896 to the early 1900s. Hayman
is credited with the building and the success of the Empire Theatre in New York, which opened in 1893. He was also instrumental
in carrying out Louis Aldrich's dream of building a home for retired actors, The Actors' Fund Home on Staten Island. He served
as president of The Actors' Fund and was a member of the Players' Club. Hayman died in 1917 in New York City.
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