Ruth Pferdehirt and Aaron Bartz. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Andy Prosky. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Ruth Pferdehirt. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Andy Prosky and Aaron Bartz. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Kurt Zischke and Ruth Pferdehirt. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Andy Prosky and Ruth Pferdehirt. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Ted Deasy and Ruth Pferdehirt. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Andy Prosky, Randy Donaldson and Aaron Bartz. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Andy Prosky, Michael Cassidy Flynn and Maison Kelly. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Aaron Bartz and Ruth Pferdehirt. Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Born Yesterday

by Garson Kanin |
Directed by Pamela Hunt

Junkyard tycoon Harry Brock swaggers into Washington, D.C., determined to buy a senator or two. The monkey wrench in his schemes is Billie Dawn, his seemingly dim-witted ex-showgirl girlfriend. But when Brock hires a reporter to tutor Billie, she rapidly comes into her own as a force to be reckoned with. This sharp and snappy comedy hilariously skewers Beltway corruption.

Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes. Performed with one intermission.

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Cast & Creative Staff


  • Ruth Pferdehirt (Billie Dawn)
  • Andy Prosky (Harry Brock)
  • Aaron Bartz (Paul Verrall)
  • Ted Deasy (Ed Devery)
  • Kurt Zischke (Senator Norval Hedges)
  • Gina Daniels (Mrs. Hedges)
  • Randy Donaldson (Eddie Brock)
  • Tom Wethington (Assistant Manager)
  • Michelle Hand (Helen)
  • Michael Cassidy Flynn (Barber)
  • Maison Kelly (Manicurist)
  • Ryan Lawson Maeske (Bootblack)
  • CeCe Hill (Bellhop)
  • Cassandra Lopez (Bellhop)


  • Pamela Hunt (Director)
  • James Morgan (Scenic Designer)
  • Lou Bird (Costume Designer)
  • Mary Jo Dondlinger (Lighting Designer)
  • Rusty Wandall (Sound Designer)
  • Tony Dearing (Stage Manager)
  • Dora Jane Trenbeath (Assistant Stage Manager)

Enhance Your Experience

  • Read our Born Yesterday Play Guide for a deeper dive into the characters, themes and history of the play.
  • Join us for a Talk Theatre presentation about Born Yesterday on Monday, March 19 at Opera Theatre of St. Louis (210 Hazel Avenue). Gad Guterman, associate professor at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, presents "D.C. on Stage: Garson Kanin and the Art of Political Comedy." Tickets cost $18 and are available here.
  • Stay for Post-Show Discussions with cast members and Rep staff after the following performances: March 21 (matinee), March 22, March 29 and April 4.
  • Check out the St. Louis County Library's curated list of books, movies and music that relate to the play here.
  • Our partners at the Saint Louis Art Museum present a free, docent-led tour that ties in with the themes of Born Yesterday. Join a one-hour reflection on Artists in the collection, the Macho Men and Wonder Women who fill the space. Tour dates and times:
    • March 24; 11:00 a.m.

    • April 1; 2:00 p.m.

    • April 7; 11:00 a.m.

Age Recommendations

Born Yesterday is recommended for adult and teenage audiences. While this show is a classic comedy, it contains themes of corruption and misogyny, adult language and moments of violence.

Open Captioning & Live Audio Description

The Rep offers Open Captioning seats in the Left Bay as well as Live Audio Description for the 2 p.m. April 8 performance of Born Yesterday.


Hearing-impaired patrons can purchase those tickets here. Please note that Open Captioning Seats are only available in the Left Bay area.

At performances presented with Open Captioning, the dialogue spoken or sung by the actors on stage is also displayed in text on an electronic screen visible to one section of the seating area.

Much like Closed Captioning for television programs, Open Captioning presents the spoken or sung portions, as well as sound effects, of the performance in a format accessible to deaf audience members or to patrons who may have difficulty hearing clearly.


Patrons who wish to listen in to live audio description provided by MindsEye Radio can purchase tickets anywhere in the theatre.

The description begins with program notes and stage description 10 minutes prior to the performance. Visual moments of the performance will be described without interfering with the dialogue.

To reserve tickets and description devices, please call the Box Office at 314-968-4925.