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===1928=== In his early twenties, "...he hitched a ride to Cape Cod with a family friend and soon hooked up with the University Players, a summer stock repertory company in Falmouth, Massachusetts." (''My Life'', p. 35) Rather then just the overly vague "his early twenties" we can pinpoint this exactly to 1928, but no earlier or later, so he was 23. And contrary to Wikipedia's nonsense, the first mention of these particular "University Players" (the name was rather generic) is [http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org:2249/pqdweb?index=31&did=91516715&SrchMode=1&sid=2&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1218694805&clientId=54310 in a ''New York Times'' article 25 May 1928], announcing their formation. In May 1928, Fonda was in his last play that season in Omaha, ''Never Can Tell'', he then drove East with a family friend and hooked up with the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. Henry was given the juvenile lead in their production of ''The Barker'' starring Minor Watson, which ran in Jul 1928 for 7 performances. "Bernie Hanighan, a friend of Fonda's from Omaha...invited Fonda to drive with him to Falmouth...where the University Players were staging plays." ([http://books.google.com/books?id=cXscbDlSt0cC&pg=PA174&dq=quigley+fonda&client=firefox-a&sig=ACfU3U39AcYrmvws1oFAbB65Dv1tHM7a5g#PPA6,M1 Sweeney p6]) He accepted their offer to work with them for $5 a week. Fonda performed in two plays for the University Players that Summer, but after the season ended, he had to compete with numerous other actors in the crowded New York City market. He finally found work in December 1928 with the National Junior Theatre in Washington, D.C.
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