Born Yesterday

November 23, 2013 - January 05, 2014 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

A deliciously witty screwball comedy

A Broadway triumph-turned-1950 Academy Award-nominated film Born Yesterday is a deliciously witty screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman trying to get ahead. Harry Brock, a junk-dealer millionaire on the rise, hunkers down in a lavishly decorated hotel room in Washington with his brassy chorus girl girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow. Hoping to influence a senator in some personal business dealings, he soon gets advice suggesting that the seemingly dim-witted blonde will need a little polish to get ahead in D.C. society. Brock hires a newspaperman for the task but gets more than he bargained for when, in a deliriously funny and romantic turn of events, he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing. Don’t miss this sharp-witted crooked comedy – a swell escape for family and friends this holiday season!


2 hours 35 minutes including one intermission.



Ed Devery
Mark Benninghofen
 Mrs. Hedges
Jennifer Blagen
 Bootblack Warren C. Bowles 
Billie Dawn
Alexis Bronkovic
 Barber David Colacci 
 Waiter Ryan Colbert
      Eddie Brock
Zach Curtis
 Bellhop Michael Fell
 Assistant Hotel Manager
Stuart Gates 
 Bellhop Michael Hanna 
                      Paul Verrall
John Patrick Hayden
 Helen Peggy O’Connell 
 Manicurist Miriam Schwartz
Harry Brock
Jeff Still
Senator Norval Hedges
Peter Thomson

Making his Guthrie debut: John Patrick Hayden
Making his Guthrie debut: Meet Jeff Still

Artistic Staff

John Miller-Stephany
Set Designer
Todd Rosenthal
Costume Designer
Mathew J. LeFebvre
Lighting Designer
Marcus Dilliard
Sound Designer
C. Andrew Mayer
Jo Holcomb
Voice and Dialect Coach
Lucinda Holshue
Fight Director
Doug Scholz-Carlson
 Movement Marcela Lorca
Stage Manager
Karen K. Wegner
Assistant Stage Manager
Tree O'Halloran
Assistant Director
Noah Bremer


Born Yesterday prodution photo
Born Yesterday prodution photo
Born Yesterday prodution photo
Born Yesterday prodution photo
Born Yesterday prodution photo
production photos by T. Charles Erickson



StarTribune: 'Born Yesterday' at the Guthrie
City Pages: Guthrie revives classic comedy Born Yesterday 


StarTribune: Garson Kanin "struck our funny bone with the circumstances and characters in this elegant comedy" Born Yesterday refreshes the seasonal stage
AisleSay:"an amusing, well-acted romantic comedy and political satire"


Twin Cities Live: Emily Engberg goes backstage to follow Alexis Bronkovic and Mark Benninghofen as they assume character and get ready to take the stage in Born Yesterday




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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.