“Born Yesterday”

October 21 – October 24, 2021

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, alumni, and Rutgers employees, and $8 for students; admission is free for Rutgers students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office one hour prior to showtime, in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center, or online at showtix4u.com/events/18480.

Attendees must wear masks at all times while in the theater.

The show’s plot, centered on political corruption, is as relevant today as it was when the show originally opened on Broadway in 1946. Harry Brock, a disreputable multi-millionaire junk dealer, arrives in Washington D.C. with his naïve girlfriend, Billie Dawn, to cut a crooked deal with a U.S. senator. With the help of an idealistic reporter, Paul Verrall, Billie wises up and fights back to end the corruption.

“What ultimately makes the play work is its optimism, the notion that informed citizens really can make a difference,” according to the director, Kenneth Elliott, an associate professor of theater and chair of the Department of Visual, Media and Performing Arts. “It is a joy to watch Billie’s journey from apathy to activism.”

The cast of 12 Rutgers–Camden Students is led by Shaheera Hussein as the ex-chorus girl Billie Dawn, Josh Louis as Harry Brock, and Keith Schlapffer as Paul Verral. Sean Tomasetto is Brock’s drunken lawyer. JaRell Johnson and Sydney Johnson play the corrupt senator and his wife.

The set designer is James Mobley, an assistant teaching professor of theater; the costume designer is Millie Hiibel, a part-time lecturer of theater.