A Play Adapted by Terry Johnson
Based on the Novel by Charles Webb
And the Motion Picture Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
By Special Arrangement with StudioCanal
Director Justin Lapeyrouse
May 4-20, 2018
Auditions will be February 24 and 25 at 6 pm at Playmakers Theater
A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60’s, The Graduate opens May 4-20.
Having directed three musicals at Playmakers and performed on stages across the Northshore, Justin Lapeyrouse brings—appropriately—youthful energy in directing his first play at the theater. Adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the Motion Picture Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, Playmakers presents The Graduate for the first time on the Northshore by special arrangement with Studio Canal.
Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Graduating college with a brilliant scholastic record, he finds himself adrift, uncertain about his future and increasingly alienated from the upper-class, suburban, “plastic” world of his parents. Fighting panic and boredom, he is deeply conflicted but ultimately willing when Mrs. Robinson, the unhappily married, alcoholic, and dangerously charismatic wife of his father’s business partner, tempts him into an affair. It falls apart when he falls in love—with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s upbeat, optimistic daughter.
Set against the shiny backdrop of affluent Southern California in the 1960s, this bitterly hilarious dark comedy is full of rapid fire dialogue amid an exploration of family dysfunction and the disillusions and dichotomy of youth.