Pittsburgh Public's Born Yesterday, With Ted Kōch, John Shepard, Michael McKenzie, Opens Oct. 5
By Michael Gioia
Pittsburgh Public Theater kicks off its 38th season with Born Yesterday, Garson Kanin's classic comedy about political corruption and personal awakening, officially opening Oct. 5, following previews that began Sept. 27.
Directed by producing artistic director Ted Pappas, the limited engagement continues through Oct. 28 at the O'Reilly Theater in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown cultural district
The cast of Born Yesterday includes Ted Kōch, John Shepard, Michael McKenzie, Larry John Meyers, Melissa Miller, Jill Keating, Daniel Krell, Ken Bolden, Nic Duggan, James FitzGerald, Brandon Lambert, Amy Landis and Karen Merritt.
Here's how the work is described: "The play is set in 1946 in a swanky Washington, DC hotel where tycoon Harry Brock (Kōch) has come to pursue his shady business dealings. His corrupt cronies include cousin Eddie (Shepard), lawyer Ed Devery (McKenzie), and Senator Norval Hedges (Meyers). The most glittering member of Harry's entourage is girlfriend Billie Dawn (Miller), who knows her way around a chorus line but is clueless about the ways of Washington. After meeting the Senator's wife (Keating), it's clear that Billie needs to be educated. To do the job, Harry hires journalist Paul Verrall (Krell), who teaches her more than Harry ever bargained for."
Other members of the creative team include James Noone (scenic design), David Zyla (costume design), Kirk Bookman (lighting design) and Zach Moore (sound design). Fredric H. Orner is the production stage manager, and Kelly Haywood is the assistant stage manager.
As part of the show's run, Pittsburgh Public will host "Born Again," in which local women discuss how they became empowered to follow a dream, Oct. 8 at 7 PM.
All plays in The Public's 2012-13 "Made in America" 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.
For more information and tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit PPT.org.
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