Seven Keys to Baldpate

SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE
By George M. Cohan
Based on the novel by Earl Derr Biggers
Directed by Kit Colbourn
FEBRUARY 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 2021

One of the most successful plays of the early 20th century, George M. Cohan created a new style of play which baffled and delighted audiences when Seven Keys to Baldpate opened in 1913: a melodrama crossed with a farce tied up in a mystery. The play tells the story of a novelist, William Magee, who locks himself away in a snowbound hotel for 24 hours in an effort to win a bet with the hotel’s owner that he cannot write an entire novel during his short stay. The owner assures Magee that he has the only key, but Magee will discover over the course of the evening that there are several other keys, all in the possession of a collection of quirky, crazed characters involved in an increasingly bizarre scheme to steal millions.