Born Yesterday

by Garson Kanin

 

Synopsis: The vulgar, egotistic junkman Harry Brock has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the amenities, and a few basic bits of information. The young, idealistic magazine reporter Paul Verrall, who has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock's activities, agrees for a salary, to educate Billie. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and a frank streak in her, and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry really is and what he wants. At a dramatic moment she rebels against being merely a tool in Harry's crooked schemes and refuses to sign the documents which she has come to learn are part of an ambitious effort to defraud the public. This precipitates a crisis, as Billie readies to leave Harry for a new life of her own. Harry's reaction takes the only form he knows: physical violence. Billie now knows that she can no longer have anything to do with Brock, and realizes she and Paul have fallen genuinely in love. Just before she leaves Harry, she helps Paul get hold of incriminating documents of Harry's which will result in scandal and disaster. At the end, Paul and his promising pupil turn their backs on the anti-social and anti-democratic Brock and strike out on their own.

Cast

 

Harry Brock Howard Duff
Billie Dawn Miriam Williams
Paul Verrall Walter Cline III
Ed Devery Gary L. Smith
Senator Norval Hedges Ray Brigham
Mrs. Hedges Jean Ehrhart
Eddie Brock Clay Davis
The Assistant Manager Keith Wakeman
Helen Barbara Langford
First Bellhop Phil Rose
Second Bellhop Sam Klaskow
A Barber Marc Petersen
A Manicurist Nancy Brady
A Bootblack Jesse Carroll
A Waiter Phil Rose
Understudy to Mr. Duff Keith Wakeman

Production Staff

Director Roger T. Danforth
Scenic & Lighting Designer Robert M. Williams
Technical Director J.C. Holler
Costume Designer Dolores Moore
Stage Manager Lee Roberts
Assistant Stage Manager Phil Rose
Property Manager Barbara Langford
Head Electrician J.C. Holler
Assistant Electrician Phil Rose
Light Operator Keith Wakeman
Sound Master & Operator Jesse Carroll
Production Assistant Gayle Mooneyham