Keene Summer Theater, photo courtesy of the Billy Rose Theater Collection, New York Public Library Digital Gallery
The Keene Public Library briefly documented the history of the theater.
"Summer theater in Keene was launched in 1935 when the Repertory Playhouse Associates of New York changed the location of its summer activities from Putnam, Vermont, to Keene. Professionals began annual summer productions under the direction of Herbert V Gellendre in the large barn adjoining the Bradford Inn, Beatrice and Alfred Colony's home. The elegant residence, dating from the early 19th century was originally the home of Captain Daniel Bradford.
Drawing of the Bradford Inn courtesy of Keene and Cheshire County Historical Photos
John Wilkes Booth circa 1865, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Beatrice and her sister, Izola, long held their mother's belief that she was the daughter of John Wilkes Booth. In fact, Izola wrote a book about the subject in 1937 entitled, This One Mad Act: The Unknown Story of John Wilkes Booth and His Family by His Granddaughter.
I have written about Beatrice (Henderson) Clutts Colony's grandmother and sister several times: