The Long Beach Playhouse Presents The Graduate

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Lori Kelley as Mrs. Robinson and Eric Pierce as Ben Braddock
Photographer: Jonathan Lewis

Because the tale of a disillusioned college graduate is as old as college itself, the Long Beach Playhouse is excited to present The Graduate on the Mainstage beginning March 2, 2013.

Once a cult novel and still a quintessential coming-of-age film of the Sixties, now the graduate’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life on stage.

Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is morose. He sees his parents and their friends as “grotesques” and cannot abide the thought of a future where he cares about “plastics” and defines himself by the size of his house and swimming pool. Out of boredom coupled with desperation, Benjamin falls into bed with a friend of his parents, Mrs. Robinson, but by the end of the summer finds himself falling in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter.

Adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson and based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, the story of Benjamin’s quandary is as witty as ever. Set in 1964, the play includes many characters and plot elements that people love in the film, but offers a fresh approach, with some different scenes not found in the film version.

The Long Beach Playhouse is honored to have Carl daSilva directing this production. He is a favorite of the LBP creative team and never fails to deliver a great experience for the audience. Last year he directed Waiting for Godot to great success. As always, the director is assisted by many of the city’s finest theater professionals whose talent with lights, sounds, costumes and props transport the audience to another place and time.

The Graduate opens on March 2, 2013. The public is invited to purchase tickets for the opening night reception and gala where they may mix and mingle with the cast.

The show will continue on Friday nights (8 p.m.), Saturday nights (8 p.m.) and Sunday matinees, (2 p.m.) through Saturday, May 5, 2012.

  • Featuring in order of appearance:
  • Ben Braddock- Eric Pierce
  • Mr. Braddock (Dad)- Skip Blas
  • Mr. Robinson- Tom Juarez
  • Mrs. Braddock (Mom)- Martha Duncan
  • Mrs. Robinson- Lori Kelley
  • Male Actor- Rob Ullett
  • Female Actor- Anna Kate Mohler
  • Elaine Robinson- Andrea Dennison Laufer

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THIS PLAY:

Pay what you can Thursday on Feb 28 – community can see this production for whatever they can afford
Two for One Preview Friday on March 1 – Tickets are $12.00
Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on March 2 – Tickets are $27.00

Adults are $24.00, seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.

Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.

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