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
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
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
Elizabeth McCoy, Mrs.
Robinson- Evette Randolph
Sam Lee and Elizabeth
McCoy in "The Graduate"
Evette Randolph and Sam Lee, "Are you trying to seduce me?"