Monmouth Community Players will present Garson Kanin’s “Born Yesterday” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 29, Nov. 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, at Cumston Hall.

This production is directed by Ray Fletcher, of Monmouth, local actor, director and thespian. He is being assisted by both Linda Duarte, of Lewiston, and Cindy Dunham, of Winthrop.

Corrupt junk dealer Harry Brock (Cory King, of Augusta) arrives in Washington with his mistress, Billie Dawn (Rebecca Cole, of Windham), and his alcoholic attorney, Ed Devery (Charlie Cole, of Windham), in tow. He’s in town to buy some lawmakers to help him take his shady business worldwide. To that end, Ed has arranged for a meeting with a morally loose legislator, Senator Norval Hedges (David Marshall, of Monmouth).

Billie is a former chorine, blissfully ignorant of the ways of the world. She’s been with Harry for nine years and has allowed herself to be an unwitting partner in his shady business dealings. As she says, “I’m stupid and I like it.”

When Ed suggests to Harry that he marry Billie in order to present a more respectable image to the Washington elite, he balks, instead deciding to find someone to give her some class by teaching her to “be smart.” Harry had just been interviewed by Paul Verrell (Henry Quintal, of Augusta), a no-nonsense writer for The New Republic, and determines that he would be a perfect tutor. Paul eagerly accepts the job, primarily because he’s attracted to Billie. It turns out that she’s “got a yen” for him, too.

Things don’t turn out the way Harry wants them to, however. As Billie begins to read books, visit museums, and learn about history and politics from Paul, she begins to realize what a crook Harry is and seeks to stop him in his tracks. As in all Pygmalian stories, what could possibly go wrong?

The cast includes: Leslie Bascom, of Monmouth, as Mrs. Hedges; Henrik Strandskov, of Brunswick, as Eddie Brock; Jim Wright, of Fayette, as assistant manager; Brittany Bazinet, of Greene, as Helen; Chris Dumont as Barber and Nancy Kenneally, of Lewiston, as Manicurist.

The show is being presented at the historic Cumston Hall in beautiful downtown Monmouth October 28th thru November 6th at 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays.

Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors and are available online at mcp-bornyesterday.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.

For more information, visit www.monmouthcommunityplayers.org.


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