Born Yesterday

By Garson Kanin

Directed by Dia Frid
Produced by Michelle Spanik

The story of junkyard tycoon Harry Brock, who, as the play opens, is checking into a luxury hotel suite where he intends to stay as long as it takes to buy himself a Senator. Accompanying Harry are his cousin-cum-manservant, Eddie, his schyster attorney, Ed Devery, and his longtime cutie pie, a dim-witted doll named Billie Dawn. Besides her obvious recreational value, Billie is useful because she unwittingly serves as a front for Harry’s shady shenanigans, but she’s also embarrassingly ignorant and uncouth. When Paul Verrall, a nosy young reporter for the New Republic, comes sniffing around for a story, Harry puts him off the trail by putting him on the payroll as Billie’s private tutor. In the process of smoothing out the ex-chorus girl’s considerable rough edges, Paul falls hard for Billie and before long, Billie’s eyes are opened, not only to Harry’s dirty deeds, but also to the exhilaration of discovering that she’s got a brain and thanks to Paul, she’s learning how to use it.

Production Dates: February 1-2, 7-10*, 14-16 2008

Helen & Manicurist … Rose Pye
Paul Verrall … Matthew Willson
Hotel Manager, Barber, Bellboy, Window-Washer, Waiter … Nada Jovic
Billie Dawn … Jennifer Graham
Harry Brock … Vincenzo Guerriero
Eddie … Scott Bloxom
Ed Devery … Steve O’Brien
Senator Hedges … Tom Mackan
Mrs. Hedges … Patricia Howlett

Production Dates: February 1-2, 7-10*, 14-16 2008
*matinee 2:00 pm