Playmakers, Inc. presents the stage production of a quintessential hit novel and film of the 60’s, The Graduate, May 4-20, 2018.
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.
Performances are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays (no show May 6). Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
Located approximately 4 miles north of Covington at 19106 Playmakers Rd., off Hwy. 437/ N. Lee Rd. At Playmakers Rd., turn left and follow through the San Souci Forest to the end of the road. You will be directed where to park.
Playmakers, Inc. is a 501(C)3 organization founded in 1955. It is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.