The Joliet Drama Guild proudly presents:

Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin

Full cast BY

This play is being directed by Suzanne Kaspar.

Performance dates and times are February 15th through 24th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 PM, inside the Bicentennial Park Theatre.

World War II has just ended, and crude, shady scrap metal king Harry Brock (Matt Dodge of Channahon) heads to Washington, D.C., determined to take the town by storm and buy his way to a business-friendly Amendment. With bitter, corrupt lawyer Ed Devery (Mark Mason of Shorewood) and meek Senator Hedges (Ted Holste of Plainfield) by his side, he is confident in his ability to prevail. Harry’s only liability is the socially inappropriate behavior and outrageously ignorant remarks of his showgirl lady friend, Billie Dawn (Nicole Kaestner of Joliet), a beautiful woman with a deceptively simple facade. Charmed by Paul Verrall (Jason Hilton of Shorewood), the investigative reporter who is sent to interview him, Harry hires the upright, idealistic newspaper man to educate Billie, hoping that she will acquire enough class and social polish to prevent embarrassment. But little does Harry realize that underneath the ignorance and apathy, Billie is an intelligent woman with a vigorous sense of right and wrong, who has just been waiting for a kind and sympathetic teacher to blossom into an empowered and informed person. As Billie and Paul tiptoe towards a romance, and Billie absorbs Paul’s knowledge and ideals, she begins to question the ways Harry has been using her -- especially her position as a silent partner, who owns 160 of her own junkyards and has signed off on hundreds of documents, completely unread. In Garson Kanin’s pointed and hilarious Born Yesterday, personal and political oppression is exposed and outwitted in the intellectual rebirth of the iconic showgirl, Billie Dawn, who ultimately stands up to Harry Brock’s violent intimidation and shuts down his shady bid for governmental cooperation.

The rest of the ensemble cast includes Eddie Brock (Dan Jagodzinski of Naperville), Mrs. Hedges (Annika Dockstader of Crest Hill), Helen (Leanna Melville of Plainfield), The Assistant Manager (Lemonie Stewart of Joliet), A Bellhop and a Bootblack (Charles Lovett of Joliet), Another Bellhop and Waiter (Justin Karcz of Joliet), A Barber (Tom Novotny of Joliet), and A Manicurist (Jan Novotny of Joliet).

 The play is being directed by Suzanne Kaspar of Plainfield with Assistant Director Michelle Heermann of Shorewood. Set design by Marty Kaspar of Plainfield and Joe Mackinac of Shorewood.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, students, Joliet Drama Guild, AACT, or ITA Members, $12 for Sustaining members of the JDG.   

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