DRAMA [FULL]: Seven Keys to Baldpate by George M. Cohan-mtf

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Post by MManolakes » January 21st, 2021, 3:37 pm

Seven Keys to Baldpate by George M. Cohan (1878 - 1942).

Betting that he can write 10,000 words in 24 hours, a novelist locks himself into a snowbound summer resort on Baldpate Mountain with what he believes is the one and only key to Baldpate Inn. Yet his work is interrupted by a number of colorful characters who have arrived for various shady enterprises, each thinking they had the only key to the inn. Soon it is clear there must be seven keys to Baldpate. The mystery deepens as the novelist finds himself entangled in an improbable series of schemes and plans. George M. Cohan, the famous American vaudevillian and songwriter, was also a successful playwright, and he adapted this work for the stage from the novel by Earl Derr Biggers. ( Mike Manolakes)
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      • Project Code: GeYWcqXQ
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (George M. Cohan) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M._Cohan
      • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Keys_to_Baldpate_(play)
      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 28
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      • Original publication date (if known): 1913
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        Genres for the project: Plays/Comedy

        Keywords that describe the book: comedy mystery farce satire

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Post by mightyfelix » January 21st, 2021, 10:39 pm

Oh, this one looks like fun! I was tempted by it when I saw it in the Play Suggestions thread.

Everything looks good with your template, except you're going to need a lot more than 2 sections for your MW. Check out some of the plays that are currently running to see an example of a good process. Generally, you'll need a section for each completed act (you've got that part already :wink: ), plus a section for the narrator for each act, and a section for each character in each act. That's the best way to keep track of everyone's parts and submissions. Could you take a look at the character breakdown for each act to find out how many sections total that gives you and post it here please?

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Post by MManolakes » January 22nd, 2021, 7:11 am

Ah, thanks for clearing that up! I was thinking it meant how many sections the completed play would have -- two sections, for a two-act play. Now it makes more sense.

There will be 28 sections.

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Post by mightyfelix » January 22nd, 2021, 11:54 am

Great! Then I will set it up for you. Do you need a DPL, or do you plan on filling that role yourself? What about editing?

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Post by mightyfelix » January 22nd, 2021, 12:06 pm

Ok. Your MW is ready. Do you know, this will be the first work we have by Cohan? I was surprised, reading about how prolific and influential he was, that we didn't already have any of his. He wrote several shows that are definitely PD by now. But maybe the texts are hard to find? :hmm:

Let me know if you need any help getting set up. I'll probably take on a role myself, once the MW is filled in. :D

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Post by MManolakes » January 22nd, 2021, 1:30 pm

Thanks. Hope I got the MW right. First time tackling a full-length play, and I'm looking forward to it.

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Post by MManolakes » January 22nd, 2021, 1:31 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
January 22nd, 2021, 11:54 am
Great! Then I will set it up for you. Do you need a DPL, or do you plan on filling that role yourself? What about editing?
I expect to do the editing myself, but I would appreciate a DPL.

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » January 22nd, 2021, 2:14 pm

Well, if you're open to claims, I'd like to claim Bland.

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Post by alanmapstone » January 22nd, 2021, 3:02 pm

Can I read Peters the Hermit?
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Post by MManolakes » January 22nd, 2021, 3:28 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
January 22nd, 2021, 2:14 pm
Well, if you're open to claims, I'd like to claim Bland.

Cheers,
Chris
Thanks! All yours.

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Post by MManolakes » January 22nd, 2021, 3:29 pm

alanmapstone wrote:
January 22nd, 2021, 3:02 pm
Can I read Peters the Hermit?
Of course!

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Post by WiltedScribe » January 22nd, 2021, 3:42 pm

I can read for Thomas Hayden!
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Post by MManolakes » January 22nd, 2021, 4:32 pm

WiltedScribe wrote:
January 22nd, 2021, 3:42 pm
I can read for Thomas Hayden!
Thank you!

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Post by jennlea » January 22nd, 2021, 5:59 pm

Oh yay! I’m glad this one got picked up!

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Post by mightyfelix » January 22nd, 2021, 6:23 pm

Looks great, Mike! I've added a tilde to your subject line so that potential PLs know that you are looking.

It's not absolutely essential, but for most of our plays, we include a character description in the MW if one is given in the script, as on page 4. (Well, it's not numbered, but it's the one right before page 5!) So, for instance, we have
Elijah Quimby, the caretaker of Baldpate Inn
Mrs. Quimby, the caretaker's wife
William Hallowell Magee, the novelist
etc. For one thing, this helps your potential readers to choose which role they'd prefer. It's also good to have everyone read that description as part of their voice credit, so that listeners can get an idea of who is who, and it's easier for them to find it if it's in the MW.

All that being said, I'd like to read for Mary Norton, please. :)

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