CDC Theatre in Cranford has been nurturing imagination since 1919 and actors from throughout the state are seen on its stage. Rehearsals are under way for the opening show of CDC Theatre’s 97th season. Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday is a Broadway triumph turned Academy Award nominated film. The show is a deliciously witty screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman, Harry Brock, trying to get ahead in Washington. He hires a newspaperman to tutor his brassy girlfriend but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing. Joel Redmount, of Scotch Plains, is preparing the role of Ed Devery. Devrey was once considered a promising young lawyer, but has lost sight of that promise. Now, with Brock as his only client, the future looks far less bright, but with a large salary and plenty of scotch, Devrey is past caring. When asked what drew him to Born Yesterday Redmount answered “My interest in theatre is genetic: my mother was very involved in community theatre as I grew up in Pennsylvania. She is gone now, but it was almost exactly 50 years ago that she directed a production of Born Yesterday in my hometown. Even though I majored in theatre at Ohio University, I turned that page in my life when I went into business and raised a family. I re-discovered performing thorough my children and got back to the challenges of theatre with the 2008 production of Oklahoma at CDC Theatre. I remember standing in the wings, the smell of sawdust and make-up all around as the lights would rise for each performance. The CDC is a wonderful treasure. One of the best kept secrets of Cranford is that the town had produced high quality community theatre continuously for 97 years! I love it.” Tickets for all shows and information about CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave, Cranford, can be found at Funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. Photo Caption: ( l-r) Julie Ann Nolan of Little Falls, Joe Leo of Cranford, Susan Roberts of Edison and Joel Redmount of Scotch Plains