... the theatre demanded of its members stamina, good digestion, the ability to adjust, and a strong sense of humor. There was no discomfort an actor didn't learn to endure. To survive, we had to be horses and we were.
Helen Hayes (1900–1993), U.S. actor. On Reflection, ch. 3 (1968).
Hayes, who began acting at age five and made her New York stage debut in 1909, was recalling the gruelling road travel and hard physical work required of actors in the early years of her career–trials that, she said, diminished "with the death of 'the road' and the birth of microphones."