UPDATE: Review by Robert Faires in the Austin Chronicle, May 24
by Garson Kanin
May 4 - June 3
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m.
Austin Playhouse temporary facility, 1801 1/2 Simond Street, Mueller Development (click for map)
Starring Andrea Osborn, Michael Stuart, Benjamin Summers, Brian Coughlin, Hans Venable, Dirk van Allen, and Mary Agen Cox
Tickets $26 Thursday and Friday, $28 Saturday and Sunday, $35 Opening Night Can be purchased at the box office 512.476.0084 or online a: www.austinplayhouse.com All student tickets are half-price.
Born Yesterday tells the timely story of a not-so-dumb blonde, her brute of a boyfriend, and the no-nonsense reporter that helps her uncover some of Washington’s dirtiest little secrets.
Andrea Osborn stars as Billie Dawn, an ex-chorus girl who’s come to Washington D.C. with her long-time boyfriend, junk czar Harry Brock (Michael Stuart). Brock’s in D.C. to get some shady legislation passed with the aid of a crooked Senator (Dirk van Allen). Unfortunately, Brock realizes that Billie is too uneducated to mix with Washington society. He hires political journalist Paul Verrall (Benjamin Summers) to smooth out Billie’s rough edges. But a little education can be a dangerous thing as Harry discovers when Billie starts understanding exactly what kind of man she’s been seeing. The cast also includes Brian Coughlin as Brock’s attorney, Hans Venable as Brock’s cousin and lackey, and Mary Agen Cox as the Senator’s wife. Austin Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director Don Toner directs the production.
Born Yesterday premiered on Broadway in 1946 starring Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn. It ran for almost three years and closed on December 31, 1949, after a total of 1642 performances. It was adapted into a successful film in 1950. The play returned to Broadway in 1989 with Edward Asner and Madeleine Kahn and again in 2011 with James Belushi, Robert Sean Leonard, and Nina Arianda.
AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE LOCATION AND PARKING: Austin Playhouse is currently performing in a temporary facility at the Mueller Austin Redevelopment. The company is currently in the final phase of negotiations to purchase a site for their new permanent home in the town center of the Mueller Austin Redevelopment. In the meantime, they are located in a temporary structure located just west of their planned building site. The facility is at 1800 ½ Simond Avenue at the Mueller Austin Redevelopment, just across from the Lake Park. The Aldrich Street entrance off Airport Blvd. leads directly to the temporary facility. Free patron parking is available along Simond Avenue and Mueller Blvd. as well as in the SEDL parking lot located two blocks north of the facility on Mueller Blvd.
ABOUT AUSTIN PLAYHOUSE Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre currently performing its 12th season. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and Associate Artistic Director Lara Toner, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the campus of Concordia University, to a year-round operation producing an average of eight plays a year. Austin Playhouse plans to purchase and build its own two-performance venue space in the heart of the new Mueller Redevelopment Town Center, adjacent to the new Austin Children’s Museum. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2012 with an estimated grand opening in September 2012.
DON TONER, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Don Toner founded Austin Playhouse in 2000 with a company of Austin’s finest professional actors. In Austin, he also served as Producing Artistic Director of the State Theater Company/Live Oak Theatre for thirteen years. Prior to Austin he was Associate Producer for the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Associate Producer/Director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and he founded Theatre Center of Mississippi; the state’s first Equity theatre. He has produced and directed at New Stage Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Theatre Midland and Theatre Four in New York City. For Austin Playhouse he has produced and directed over 40 plays including acclaimed productions of Boeing-Boeing, The Lion in Winter, The 39 Steps, The Trip to Bountiful, Frost/Nixon, The Fantasticks, Amadeus, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.