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Angela Nelson, left, is mistress Billie Dawn and David Nelson is her tutor Paul Verrall in The Barn Theatre's production of "Born Yesterday." The comedy opens tonight and runs through April 22 at The Barn in downtown Willmar. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

'Born Yesterday' comedy opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar, Minn.

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WILLMAR -- The Barn Theatre presents "Born Yesterday" at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and April 19-21 with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Sunday and April 22.

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Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for those age 18 and under. The box office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, call 320-235-9500.

The play, written by Garson Kanin, premiered on Broadway in 1946.

An uncouth, corrupt rich junk dealer, Harry Brock, played by John Beck, brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn, played by Angela Nelson, with him to Washington, D.C. When Billie's ignorance becomes a liability to Brock's business dealings, he hires a journalist, Paul Verrall, played by David Nelson, to educate his girlfriend.

In the process of learning, Billie Dawn realizes how corrupt Harry is and begins interfering with his plans to bribe a Congressman into passing legislation that would allow Brock's business to make more money.

Other cast members are Dana Anderson, John Mack, Becky Sorenson, Steve Gralish, Gene Schneider, Denise Deaner, Sabrina McCorquodale, Josiah Olson and Kirstyn Harasyn.

The play is directed by Mark Monfils, with Aane Twedt as the technical director. The assistant director/stage manager is Michelle Gralish and Louise Mack is the assistant to the director. Stage crew members include Cody Miller, Jordan Dettmann, Jim Cofer and Aane Twedt.

Costumes are by Carol Parker and Robin Spencer is in charge of props. The sound and light operator is Ryland Gralish and Keely Wolter was the dialect coach.

The Barn Theatre is at 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar.

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