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September 27 - October 28, 2012

By Garson Kanin

Directed by Ted Pappas

This hilarious classic comedy tells the tale of Billie Dawn’s transformation from ditzy showgirl to solid citizen. The crash course begins when her crooked boyfriend, Harry Brock, goes to Washington to buy himself a senator and decides that Billie is too dumb to mingle with the political smart set. He hires a nerdy journalist to teach her how to fit in, and what transpires has become the stuff of Broadway and Hollywood legend. Born Yesterday is one of the American theater’s absolute essentials.

The show runs 2 hours, 10 minutes. 

 Presented by

First Niagara Bank Foundation

P: Preview     TGIF: Post-show entertainment in the lobby
O: Opening Night     B: Brunch Series     SF: Sunday Forum

KEN BOLDEN (Assistant Manager) is very pleased to be back at The Public where he previously appeared in The Comedy of Errors (Angelo), Amadeus (Valet), and The Odd Couple (Vinnie). He has worked nationally and internationally, most notably as an artistic associate with Virginia Stage Company and as a member of London's New Vic Theatre. Currently, he is a teaching artist at the University of Pittsburgh where he has appeared in As You Like It (Jacques), Lovers & Fighters (Ken), and The Gammage Project (Attorney Krastek). Recently he played Dr. Miranda in Death and the Maiden for Off the Wall Theater. Film: Sorority Row (Dr. Rosenberg); TV: "Supah Ninjas" (Vice Principal). 

NIK DUGGAN (Bellhop) is thrilled to be making his debut at Pittsburgh Public Theater. His credits include the world premiere fo A Child's Guide to Heresy at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, originating the role of Satan Boy. He has appeared in many shows around the San Francisco Bay area including The Fantasticks (Matt), To Kill a Mockingbird (Jem). TV credits include spots in "Nickelodeon's Addicting Games Showdown," a commerical for "Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games, " a promo for the Sony Move controller, and a promo for the Sony Move video game entitled "Everybody Dance."

JAMES FITZGERALD (Barber) is most happy to return to The Public after appearing in The Royal Family and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other Pittsburgh appearances include nine productions for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and Bricolage. James has performed 16 seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and has made numerous appeareances at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theater, as well as Chicago's Second City, ETC., The Royal George, Apple Tree, among many other Chicagoland theaters. Regionally he has performed at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Cape May State, NJ, Milwaukee Rep, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and was a member of the Off Broadway Company of Rose Rage directed by Edward Hall. James is also the recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Best Supporting Actor), a Jeff Citation (Best Actor), and Chicago's After Dark ™ Award as the author of (Best New Work) Two for the Show. He was cited by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Best of Pittsburgh 2011" for his work. James recently completed filming Progression and The Mercury Men

JILL KEATING (Mrs. Hedges) graduated from Point Park University and danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Frustrated at not being able to sing during the four acts of "Swan Lake," she moved to New York City to pursue musical theater. National Tour: Big River (Michael Greif, director). NYC: When the Cookie Crumbles... (Promenade, Jay Harnick, director), Reservations For Three (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Nickel and Dimed (GEVA). Favorite Roles: Roxie (Chicago), Winnifred (Once Upon a Mattress), Shirley (Shirley Valentine), Miss Hannigan (Annie). Proudest Achievements: her 37-year marriage to John and her daughter, Joni, a junior at Pitt. Jill is honored to be making her debut at The Public. 

TED KŌCH (Harry Brock) is thrilled to be back at Pittsburgh Public where he has been seen in God of Carnage and Broadway. Broadway credits include Death of a Salesman, The Pillowman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Elling. National tours include: Frost/Nixon and Death of a Salesman. Off-Broadway and Regional credies include: Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Meshugah (Naked Angels), Chaos Theories (Shotgun Productions), The Front Page and Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown Theatre Festival), True West (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes nomination for Best Actor), A Streetcar Named Desire (Buffalo Studio Arena) , Whisper House, Pig Farm, Sea of Tranquility (The Old Globe Theatre). Television credits include: "Made in Jersey," "The Good Wife," "Pan Am," "Gossip Girl," "Cashmere Mafia," "The Sopranos," "The West Wing," "Law & Order," "Ed." Films include: Cold Souls, Hannibal, Griffin and Phoenix, Love to Leenya, Autumn in New York, Dinner Rush.

DANIEL KRELL (Paul Verrall) is happy as always to be back at The Public where this production marks his 19th appearance. Some favorite Public credits include As You Like It, Circle Mirror Transformation, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Metamorphoses, Amadeus, Cabaret, Oedipus the King, Much Ado About Nothing, and Sweeney Todd. Dan has acted in major roles in the area's professional theaters such as City Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Quantum, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical, and The Rep to name a few, and in regional theaters such as Clarence Brown Theatre and Gateway Playhouse among others. For three years Dan was a member of PlayMakers Repertory Company (NC) and is a veteran of many films, commercials, industrials, and voice-overs. 

BRANDON LAMBERT (Bellhop) is thrilled to be making his Pittsburgh Public Theater debut in Born Yesterday. Brandon is a Senior Musical Theatre Major at Point Park University, and was last seen in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Legally Blonde and in Point Park's Illyria. Additionally, he won last year's Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition and is a proud recipient of the Mary Catherine Dykhouse voice scholarship.

AMY LANDIS (Helen) is delighted to return to Pittsburgh Public theatre having appeared in last season's Electra. Past productions at The Public: The Bird Sanctuary and The Comedy of Errors. Off-Broadway: Playing With Fire (Lincoln Center Salon); The Classic (New York Playwright's Lab); Waiter, Waiter (Ohio Thaetre). American Repertory Theatre: The Cherry Orchard, Hot-N-Throbbing (world premiere);  Meadow Brook Theatre: The Glass Menagerie; Fulton Opera House: Pride and Prejudice, Mother Hicks; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre: Oleanna; Seven Angels Theatre: Scotland Road; Centenary Stage Company: The Innocents, Scotland Road; Gretna Playhouse: Noises-Off, Rumors; Actor's Company of Pennsylvania: The Two Gentleman of Verona; Bricolage: Hunter Gatherers (Top Ten Plays/Post-Gazette); Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre: Racing Demon; Quantum Theatre: Anna Karenina, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Pittsburgh Playhouse REP: The Queens (Best Performances/Post-Gazette), Death of a Salesman (directed by Robert A. Miller). Film/TV: Adventureland (Miramax), "Saturday Night Live," "As the World Turns." Training: American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard Unversity. 

MICHAEL McKENZIE (Ed Devery) has appeared at Pittsburgh Public Theater as Horace in The Little Foxes, Creon in Oedipus the King, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sebastian in The Tempest. Broadway: Waiting in the Wings, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Eastern Standard. Tour: The Acting Company. Off-Broadway: Kari Floren's Voice of Swords, If Wishes Were Horses, A Late Supper. Regional: Denver Center, Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, Hartford Stage, Pioneer Theater, Portland Stage, Connecticut Repertory, Capital Repertory, Olney Theater. Film and Television: "House of Cards," "Law & Order," "Kidnapped," "Hack," "Chicago Hope," "One Life to Live," The Boy Who Cried Bitch, and many episodes of "Babylon 5."

KAREN MERRITT (Manicurist) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater where she appeared as Miss Peake in The Royal Family. Favorite theatrical credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Our Town, The Music Lesson, and A Wrinkle in Time (Prime Stage); Shadowlands, Anne of Green Gables, You Can't Take It With You, and Murder in the Cathedral (Saltworks Theatre); The Three Sisters, The Winter's Tale, Shrew!, and The Comedy of Errors, (Unseam'd Shakespeare); Steel Magnolias (Pennsylvania Centre Stage). Training: BA in Theatre from Penn State University and MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre School. 

LARRY JOHN MEYERS (Senator Norval Hedges) most recently performed at Pittsburgh Public Theater in The Royal Family (2010), Harry's Friendly Service (2009), Amadeus (2008), and Gem of the Ocean (2006). Other productions this year include: The Pitman Painters, Three Sisters, and The Evils of Tobacco for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre; The Gammage Project, a Pittsburgh Playwrights/Pitt Rep joint production; and M.I.A. for the Point Park Playhouse REP. Larry is currently developing the plays A Waver of Love, 1908, adapted from the letters of Lillian Steichen and Carl Sandburg, and Towing the Line for Red Wing Forge. 

MELISSA MILLER (Billie Dawn) is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh Public Theater debut in Born Yesterday. Earlier this year Melissa was seen in My Name is Asher Lev at the Long Wharf Theatre, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Last year she appeared opposite F. Murray Abraham in The Merchant of Venice (Theater for a New Audience, directed by Darko Tresnjak). Other recent credits include: premiere of Jason Grote's Civilization (Clubbed Thumb); The Tenant (Woodshed Collective); I Never Sang for My Father (Keen Company), Richard III (New York Classical). She made her Broadway debut in Tartuffe (Roundabout Theatre). Regional work/workshops at: Hartford Stage, Alley Theater, Premiere Stages, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Williamstown, Chester Theater. Television: "Ed," "All My Children," and "An American Experience" on PBS. Vassar College (Phi Beta Kappa), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Certificate).

JOHN SHEPARD (Eddie Brock) is delighted to be back at The Public where he was seen in The Little Foxes and Mary Stuart directed by Ted Pappas and Circle Mirror Transformation directed by Jesse Berger. John just directed the recent August: Osage County at The REP where he has acted in many productions including Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Performer of the Year). John recently created Reed in The Electric Baby for Quantum, where he has worked many times. He has also appeared locally at City Theatre and Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. John has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at many of the country's finest regional theatres. Please visit

TED PAPPAS (Director) celebrates his 13th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 20th year of close association with the company as a director. He has staged more than 40 productions for The Public, including the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schiller, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Sondheim. Some highlights include Sophocles' Electra, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Kaufman & Ferber's The Royal Family, Peter Schaffer's Amadeus, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay, and the world premiere of Rob Zellers & Gene Collier's The Chief, which played The O'Reilly for seven seasons and was filmed. His career began in New York City where he worked for Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, John Houseman's The Acting Company, New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills, and shows on and off Broadway. His regional credits are numerous and varied and include productions for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, the Canadia Opera Company, Toronto's Royal Alexandra, and Goodspeed Musicals. He staged a hip-hop concert hosted by Harry Belafonte which galvanized the Cannes Film Festival, directed a Las Vegas extravaganza for impresario Steve Wynn, and served as choreographer for NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live." He studied Shakespeare with Samuel Schoenbaum and modern drama with Eric Bentley, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan's Hunter College. He is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union. 

GARSON KANIN (Playwright) is best known as a writer of plays, screenplays, and books and as a stage and film director. After dropping out of high school and working as a musician, comedian, and actor, Kanin became the assistant to theater legend George Abbott. He then moved to Hollywood to work as a production assistant with Samuel Goldwyn. After a year with Goldwyn he moved to RKO Studios and directed his first feature film, 1938's A Man to Remember. Kanin served in the Army during World War II and co-directed General Dwight D. Eisenhower's official record of the Allied Invasion. The film, titled The True Glory, won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He married actress/writer Ruth Gordon in 1942. After the war Kanin directed his play Born Yesterday on Broadway, where it ran for four years. With his wife he wrote several screenplays including the Academy Award nominees A Double Life, Adam's Rib, and Pat and Mike. While he continued to write plays and screenplays and direct on Broadway (including Robert Redford in Sunday in New York, Henry Fonda in A Gift of Time, and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl), Kanin also began to write for print. His work includes numerous short stories, six novels, and memoris of his friends W. Somerset Maugham and Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. After a prolific and acclaimed career he died in 1999 at age 87. 

JAMES NOONE (Scenic Designer) designs for Pittsburgh Public Theater include Electra, Camelot, The Royal Family, Time of My Life, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Little Foxes, Harry's Friendly Service, Metamorphoses, The Lady With All the Answers, The Odd Couple, The Comedy of Errors, This Wonderful Life, and Amadeus. Mr. Noone's Broadway credits include A Bronx Tale, Come Back Little Sheba, Match, Urban Cowboy, A Class Act, Judgement at Nuremberg, Jekyll and Hyde (Drama Desk, American Theater Wing Design Awards), The Rainmaker, Night Must Fall (Drama Desk nomination), Getting and Spending, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, and Inherit the Wind. Off-Broadway credits include Fully Commited, Full Gallop, Three Tall Women, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Boys in the Band, Cowgirls, Breaking Legs, The Green Heart (Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Second Stage). Regional credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Washington Opera, Canadian Opera, Portland Opera, Geffen Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Cleveland Play House. Tours include Jekyll and Hyde (1999), The Belle of Amherst, The Gin Game, Deathtrap, Three Tall Women, Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe, and also The History of Sex at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and Latin Soul in Atlantic City. He is the recipient of several design awards including the Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, two Helen Hayes, and the LA Ovation. Mr. Noone heads the Scenic Design Program at Boston University. 

DAVID ZYLA (Costume Designer) is back at the Public Theater for his 12th show. Some of his PPT credits include The Little Foxes, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Pirates of Penzance. Additional theater credits include the Broadway, Mark Taper Forum, and international tour of Big River. Off-Broadway credits include Fraulein Else, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, and Clue: The Musical. Regionally his work has been seen at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ford's Theatre, Theatreworks, and Capitol Repertory. His film credits include Sara's Life, Nice Guys Sleep Alone, and the upcoming Heart of the Country. Starting in 2001, Zyla held the position of head costume deisgner for the daytime dramas "General Hospital," "Port Charles," and "All My Children" for which he received the 2010 Oustanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy Award. He is the author of the The Color of Style (2010/Dutton) and Color Your Style (2011/Plume).

(Lighting Designer) returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater where he has designed several productions, including Electra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The World Goes 'Round, Metamorphoses, Oedipus the King, The Tempest and Ain't Misbehavin'. He recently designed Charles Busch's new Off-Brodway play The Divine Sister and Company for the New York Philharmonic. For the National Actors Theatre: The Sunshine Boys (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Right You Are. For the Irish Rep: Bedbound, Playboy of the Western World, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Man and Superman. Other New York productions: What Then (Ohio Theatre), The Cook (Intar Theatre 53), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons, starring Heather Graham), My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Green Heart (Manhattan Theater Club), Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi (Isaac Mizrahi), As Thousands Cheer, and June Moon. Ballet productions with: English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet. For the San Francisco Symphony: Thomashefsky, Of Thee I Sing, Oedipus Rex, Nightingale, A Flowering Tree (directed by Peter Sellars), and El Nino. Currently running in New York City: Closer Than Ever

ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) most recently designed the sound for Private Lives and Around the World in 80 Days here at The Public, and Pop! at City Theatre. He has designed more than 60 productions for Pittsburgh Public, including the world premieres of The Chief, Harry's Friendly Service, The Glorious Ones, The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as Red, Electra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, Tea, and Wit. Other designs include Sweeney Todd and Angels in America (Pitt Rep), House and Garden (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Completely Hollywood (abridged) Reduced Shakespeare Company), Falsettos (The Huntington), Paper Doll (Long Wharf Theatre), and Fully Committed (PPT, Dallas Theater Center, McCoy/Rigby Productions). Zach also plays guitar in Hero Destroyed, and operates a small music mastering studio. 

BARBARA RUBIN (Dialect Coach for Melissa Miller) coaches dialects for stage, film, and television. Recent New York credits include Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca on Broadway. Off-Broadway, she coached Fugard's Residency One season at Signature Theatre, working on all three show: Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa, and The Train Driver. Recent regional credits include My Name is Asher Lev at Long Wharf and Going to St Ives at Barrington Stage. Barbara has coached such luminaries as Hilary Swank, Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, and Jennfier Hudson. Faculty: The American Academy of Dramatic Art and The Lee Strasberg Institute, both in New York City. 

McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting) for more than 30 years Pat McCorkle (C.S.A.) and associates have cast for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, film, and television. Broadway casts include: End of the Rainbow, High with Kathleen Turner, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men, and others. Notable Off Brodway casts include: The Seventh Monarch, Tribes, Freud's Last Session, Our Town, Almost Maine, Down the Garden Paths, Killer Joe, Mrs. Klein, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature films: Premium Rush, My Man is  a Loser, Ghost Town, Secret Windo, Basic, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard With a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. A sampling of television projects: "Sesame Street," "Electric Company," "Californication" (Emmy nomination), "3Lbs," "Barbershop," "Chapell's Show," "Hack," "Max Bickford."

(Production Stage Manager) Pittsburgh Public Theater's 38th Season: Born Yesterday, 1776, Other Desert Cities. Past Public Theater productions: As You Like It, Superior Donuts, The Price, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Rabbit Hole, Radio Golf, The Glorious Ones, Amadeus. Broadway: Private Lives, If You Ever Leave Me...I'm Going With You, The Capeman, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, City of Angels, Mule Bone, Sunday in the Park With George (Original Cast), Our Country's Good. National Tours: Cats, City of Angels, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Elsewhere: MUNY (St. Louis), American Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, ACT (Seattle), Theatreworks (Mountainview, CA). He also has stage managed tours in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. 

KELLY HAYWOOD (Assistant Stage Manager) is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Kelly just finished working with RWS and Associates on Luminosity and is thrilled to be a part of Born Yesterday. Pittsburgh Opera: Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Flight, The Grapes of Wrath, The Marriage of Figaro, La Boheme, Aida. Pittsburgh CLO: A Musical Christmas Carol. Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh: Die Fledermaus. Pittsburgh Playhouse: Reefer Madness



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