Pittsburgh Public Theater's 38th season begins with Born Yesterday, Garson Kanin's classic comedy about political corruption and personal awakening. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, Born Yesterday runs Sept. 27 – Oct. 28, 2012 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Born Yesterday is presented by First Niagara Bank Foundation.
The play is set in 1946 in a swanky Washington, DC hotel where tycoon Harry Brock (Ted K?ch) has come to pursue his shady business dealings. His corrupt cronies include cousin Eddie (John Shepard), lawyer Ed Devery (Michael McKenzie), and Senator Norval Hedges (Larry John Meyers). The most glittering member of Harry's entourage is girlfriend Billie Dawn (Melissa Miller), who knows her way around a chorus line but is clueless about the ways of Washington. After meeting the Senator's wife (Jill Keating), it's clear that Billie needs to be educated. To do the job, Harry hires journalist Paul Verrall (Daniel Krell), who teaches her more than Harry ever bargained for.
Also appearing in Born Yesterday are Ken Bolden, Nic Duggan, James FitzGerald,BranDon Lambert, Amy Landis, and Karen Merritt. The design team is James Noone(Scenic), David Zyla (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting by McCorkle Casting; the Production Stage Manager is Fredric H. Orner; the Assistant Stage Manager is Kelly Haywood.
About the MADE IN AMERICA season and the TOWN HALL PROJECT
All the plays in The Public's 2012/13 season are by American writers and set in cities across the United States. In addition, their themes illuminate the issues of the day – from money and class, to race and real estate, to equality and individual responsibility. To amplify the MADE IN AMERICA message, The Public has created the TOWN HALL PROJECT, which will throw open the O'Reilly Theater's doors for a variety of Town Hall Meetings. The meetings are free of charge and no reservations are necessary.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7 pm. Born Again: Local women discuss how they became empowered to follow a dream.
Moderated by KDKA TV's Lynne Hayes-Freeland
Erin Molchany, former head of PUMP now running for State Representative
Liz Moore Pessaro, who left her corporate job to open Bluebird Kitchen
Dr. Jessie B. Ramey, whose blog Yinzercation rallies for quality public schools
Alecia Shipman, whose Dream Cream Ice Cream is a part of Pop Up Pittsburgh