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Kean Theatre Kicks Off 10th Season with "Born Yesterday"
Garson Kanin's comedy is slated for September 21-30, 2012 at the Kean Theatre
An uncouth, corrupt rich junk dealer, Harry Brock, brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn with him to Washington D.C. When Billie’s ignorance becomes a liability to Brock’s business dealings, he hires a journalist, Paul Verrall, to educate his girlfriend. Through her education Billie realizes Harry’s corruptness, how she has been used and that she is not as dumb as she once thought. This hilarious comedy was one of the most successful, longest running Broadway plays and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. “Broadway comedy at its best” … N.Y. Times. “A true gem that shines 50 years later” … Post.
In the Kean Theatre production Whitney Anne Jenkins of Butler is cast as Billie Dawn and Mike Regan of Hampton Twp. as Harry Brock. Casey Bowser of Butler is playing Paul Verrall. Patrick Shiner of Monroeville is playing Ed Devery. Eddie Brock is played by Chris Bondi of Hampton Twp. Bob Meals of Butler is playing Senator Norval Hedges and Susan Allardice of Bradford Woods is the Mrs. Hedges. Helen is played by Chrissy Zuemie of Cranberry Twp. “Born Yesterday” is directed and produced by Tom Madden, managing and artistic director of the Kean Theatre.
The sponsors of “Born Yesterday” are UPMC Health Plan, the Academy sponsor of the Kean Theatre, Armstrong and Northern Connection are the Grammy sponsors, NET Xperts is the Tony sponsor and Lenzner Coach Lines is the Golden Globe Sponsor. Proceeds from the Kean Theatre benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2011 alone provided
more than $5.2 million to poor and low-income residents at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas.
The Kean Theatre is open to the public and has built a reputation for its convenient location, free parking, quality entertainment and elegant setting. The theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fund-raising arm of St. Barnabas Health System. St. Barnabas Health System includes St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, The Arbors at St. Barnabas, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, St. Barnabas Medical Center and Rudolph Auto Repair.