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‘Born Yesterday’ Opens Friday at Arena Stage

Director Kyle Donnelly returns for his 18th production at the Arena Stage this weekend with the premiere of the comedy “Born Yesterday.”

The production centers on Billie Dawn, the mistress of crude millionaire Harry Brock, who goes to Washington, D.C., to try to buy enough political clout to get a shady law passed.

Thinking he can turn Dawn into his own fair lady, Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to make her more presentable in conservative Washington society. But as Dawn works with Verrall, she starts to understand what Brock is doing, and his plan backfires.

The play was written by Garson Kanin, whose other work includes “Peccadillo” and “Remembering Mr. Maugham.” Arena Stage plans to showcase his work with a two-day celebration in October.

“Born Yesterday” premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and runs through Nov. 6. Tickets cost $47 and are available online at The theater is located at 1101 Sixth St. SW. For more information, call (202) 488-3300.

Library’s Web Site Named ‘Outstanding’

The Web Marketing Association recently named the Library of Congress’ Web site,, the winner of an “outstanding Web site” award for online development.

Founded in 1997 to set a high standard for Internet marketing and corporate Web development, the association’s “Webawards” judge entries on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use. Entries are judged by a panel of independent Internet experts.

“The Library of Congress Web site is our major outreach initiative, and I am pleased that the efforts of the hundreds of Library staff who contribute to our site have been recognized,” Librarian of Congress James Billington said in a release. “We will continue to uphold the highest standards for the content and design of our award-winning site.”

— Elizabeth Brotherton and John McArdle