ABOUT THIS SHOW

“A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.”

Garson Kanin’s classic of 1950s Broadway is both a comic masterpiece and a startlingly prescient glimpse of the corruption that can spread in a democracy once moneyed interests begin to take root.

Harry Brock, merchant of junk, prides himself on being a self-made man. Now the uncouth Harry wants to re-brand himself as a tycoon, and has come to Washington D.C. to wield his influence, rub elbows with government big-wigs, and get some shady legislation passed.

Travelling with him, however, is his girlfriend, ex-chorus girl Billie Dawn, whose lack of social graces or even a rudimentary understanding of politics Harry worries will reflect badly on him, so he hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to launch Billie on a path to self-educating.

Yet as Billie becomes increasingly interested and engaged in the world around her, Harry begins to worry that his hold over her is slipping.

By turns uproarious and sobering, and packed with a cast of vibrant characters throughout, Kanin's play reminds us that a healthy democracy depends on its inhabitants to stay healthy, and that abuse of power cannot be stemmed without an informed and engaged citizenry.

REVIEWS

Colin Thomas says “… combines feminism with a stirring defence of democracy and democratic institutions. Paul Herbert nails it as Harry. A pleasure to watch, Born Yesterday has faith in the fundamental decency of the American people.”

The Georgia Straight’s Katherine Dornian writes “A spirited performance that the audience can invest in. Genuine talent.” 

John Jane at Review Vancouver reports “A charming coup de théâtre. Paul Herbert is stellar in a very physical performance. Well worth a look.”

The Team

  • Playwright - Garson Kanin

  • Co-Directors - Shelby Bushell & Michael Scholar Jr.

  • Costume Design - Julie White

  • Lighting Design - Celeste English

  • Set Design - Naomi Sider

  • Sound Design & Original Compositions - Rick Colhoun

  • Dialect Coach - Erin Ormond

  • Stage Manager - Margi Stoner

  • Assistant Stage Manager - Sarvin Esmaeili

  • Fight Director - Richard Meen


IN REPERTORY WITH …

 
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BRUNCH READING: GARSON KANIN’s HOLLYWOOD

BRUNCH READING: GARSON KANIN’s HOLLYWOOD

RUNNING TIME

2 Hour, 10 minutes with interval

PRODUCTION ADVISORY

ETC does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us at info@ensembletheatrecompany.ca

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview Performance: July 11, 2019

Post-Show Talkback: July 30, 2019

Sunday Brunch Reading: Garson Kanin’s Hollywood - July 21 @ 11:00 AM

Matinée Performance: July 21 @ 2 PM

Pay-What-You-Will (at door only): July 24 @ 7:30 PM

PRODUCTION SPONSOR

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