Media Resources: Born Yesterday

Clayton Community Theatre presents Garson Kanin's comedy Born Yesterday, May 4 - 14, 2017.

Performances: Thursday - Saturday May 4-6 and 11-13 at 8:00 p.m, Sundays May 7 and 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Washington University South Campus Theater, 6501 Clayton Road, Clayton MO

Director: Sam Hack

Full press release: at this link

In Garson Kanin’s pointed and hilarious Born Yesterday, shady scrap metal king Harry Brock heads to Washington, D.C., determined to take the town by storm and buy his way to a business-friendly Amendment. Harry’s only liability is the socially inappropriate behaviour and outrageously ignorant remarks of his showgirl lady friend, Billie Dawn, a beautiful woman with a deceptively simple facade. Harry hires the upright, idealistic newspaper man, Paul Verrall, to educate Billie. As Billie and Paul tiptoe towards a romance, and Billie absorbs Paul’s knowledge and ideals, she begins to question the ways Harry has been using her.

More information about the play, on Wikipedia: at this link

Press photos:  on Flickr, at this link.

Reviewer comp tickets available from the box office, by Email at, or by phone at 314-721-9228.

Media contact: Nathan Schroeder,


Heather Sartin - Billie Dawn
Joe O'Connor - Harry Brock
Mark A. Neels - Paul Verrall
Tom Moore - Ed Devery
Will Shaw - Senator Norval Hedges
Cindy Duggan - Mrs. Hedges
Paul Schultz - Eddie Brock
Jack Janssen - Assistant Manager
Sarah Hirshfield - Helen (hotel housekeeper)
Drew Rydberg - Bellhop/Bootblack
Stefan Peterson - Bellhop/Barber
Lucy Sappington - Manicurist

Selected biographies:

Sam Hack (Director)

Sam is artistic director for Clayton Community Theatre. His recent acting roles include Mr. Baker in Come Blow Your Horn (CCT), Robert in Proof (Stray Dog Theatre), Weller in Gin Game (directed for Act II by his wife Marilyn), Sam in The Cemetery Club (Act II), Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys (Aliyah), Nat Moyer in I’m Not Rappaport (Hawthorne), David in Morning’s at Seven (Hawthorne), George Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth (CCT, nominated for a TMA award), and Alfieri in A View from the Bridge (CCT) . From 1980 to 2004, he directed theatre  at Hancock High School in south St. Louis County. At CCT’s original home (Clayton High School), he directed Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Oh Dad, Poor Dad….  He most recently directed Bus Stop and Lend Me a Tenor for Act II and Oscar and Felix: a New Look at The Odd Couple, Romeo and Juliet,  Measure for Measure, A Walk on the Beach with Albee and Williams  The Enchanted Island (with Marilyn), and The Lion in Winter (nominated for 3 TMA awards) for the Clayton Community Theatre. Most importantly, he wants to thank his wife and co-director for 40 years of unconditional love and support.


Mark A. Neels (Paul)

Mark is thrilled to return to the stage in his fourth CCT production.  Previously, he appeared as Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter, Malcolm in Macbeth, Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind, and Dan in Night Must Fall. Other recent stage appearances include John Dickinson in 1776, Lieutenant Shrank in West Side Story, George Gibbs in Our Town, Renfield in Dracula, and the Bishop in Les Miserables. He has also recently directed several productions, including Sylvia, Inherit the Wind, Farce of Nature, And Then There Were None, and A Christmas Carol. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Southern Illinois University. 


Joe O'Connor (Harry Brock)

Joe grew up in Jersey City, N.J. and is a graduate of St Peter's Prep. Seton Hall University and The Drama Studio of London. Favorite roles include Fagin in Oliver! with Alpha Players, Henry II in The Lion in Winter and The Butterfly Hunter in the New York premiere of Ionesco's Macbett. Joe is very grateful to the crew and cast of this show for the help they have given and to his Uncle Andy, his brother Jim and his Grandpa as models for his accent.  "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." Cicero.


Heather Sartin (Billie Dawn)

Heather Sartin is thrilled to be on stage again this season at CCT playing the charming simplicity of Billie Dawn. Having appeared here last as Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, Heather greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with this delightful cast, crew and production staff.  Having been seen on local stages in productions from Macbeth to The Trip to Bountiful to Witness for the Prosecution, she fills her off-stage time with teaching drama and language arts to students of all ages. She offers heartfelt thanks to her family and friends for continuing to be interested in her dramatic ventures.