Adapted By Terry Johnson
based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Caulder Willingham &
September 1-23, 2006
Directed by Rhonda Clark
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. Robinsonís 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 Benjaminís 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
Carpenter Square Theatre is
supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for
the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and
Allied Arts. The play is an Allied Arts City Card event.
THE GRADUATE is rated PG.