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  •  October 15, 2021 - November 7, 2021
     7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) returns to live, in-person performances, opening its 40th anniversary season with the 1940s comedy Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin.

Performances take place October 15–November 7, 2021 in the lower level of St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago (enter on Marshfield).

In Born Yesterday, an uneducated young woman, Billie Dawn, accompanies an older, uncouth junkyard tycoon, Harry Brock, to Washington, where he intends to make crooked deals with government bigwigs. When Billie embarrasses him socially, Brock hires a journalist, who happens to be investigating shady political activities, to educate her.

Making his SSP mainstage directing debut is company member Sean Michael Barrett, who directed Coffee in Limbo for SSP’s 10-Minute Play Festival and has appeared onstage in SSP’s Charley’s AuntThe Mystery of Edwin Drood and Oliver!. His directing credits include Seussical for Footlight Players and Lend Me A Tenor and Nunsense for The Acorn Project. SSP company members in the cast include Melinda “MJ” Deamon, Russ Gager and Julie Catarello Mitre. Other cast members include Anna Gallucci, Neal Goldman, Rob Gretta, Nat Kier, Brendan Siddall and Joshua Paul Wright. The production team includes SSP company members Emil Zbella as set designer, Robert-Eric West as costume designer, Jim Masini as technical director, Brittany Eude as properties manager and Beth Bruins as producer. Also on the team are Piper Kirchhofer as lighting designer, Matt Smith as fight choreographer and Sean Smyth as stage manager.

Born Yesterday runs October 15–November 7, 2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield in Chicago. 
Free parking is available in two lots. 

Full-priced tickets are $25; tickets for seniors and children younger than 12 are $20,
and students with valid IDs may purchase $20 tickets at the door.

Season subscriptions remain available for $80 at full price, $65 for seniors/children. Group rates also are available.

SSP will adhere to all protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as determined by the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois and the CDC. Current requirements include providing proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the performance date) and masking at all times. Anyone without proper documentation, or anyone who refuses to wear a mask, will not be admitted. For updates, visit


Phone: 773-404-7922
St Bonaventure Church, 1625 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, Illinois, 606057