Thursday, December 13, 2018

City Theatre presents The Graduate

The City Theatre Company is thrilled to continue its 2015 season with Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation of the highly successful book and movie The Graduate. The delightful satirical comedy-drama is an Austin theatre premiere, starring power-house actress Tracy Hurd as Mrs. Robinson and directed by guest director Tracy Arnold. Playing April 17 – May 10 at the City Theatre.

I’ve just got one thing to say, Ben…! What’s that, sir? Plastics, Ben. Plastics.

These lines from The Graduate, so etched in the American psyche, are emblematic of the “advice” offered to any young adult coming of age in a world they may not be ready for. The popular novel, adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson, follows recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock’s journey toward finding himself — with detours including run-ins with his establishment parents, an affair with older family friend Mrs. Robinson, and a budding romance with her daughter, Elaine. It is the age-old story of a promising young man trying to make sense of an adult world he must face for the very first time. Whether seen on film, stage, or read, The Graduate has been a touchstone for generations – representing the universal feelings of rebellion, confusion, frustration, love, and redemption.

In the early 1960s, when Charles Webb wrote The Graduate, America was in an “age of youth.” Young people were leading the way to social, political, and cultural transformation. The novel was groundbreaking in those changing times and reviewers unanimously praised his comedic genius in dealing with controversial themes. In 1967, The Graduate film was released, featuring Anne Bancroft and the memorable, boyish face of Dustin Hoffman as the lost hero. The Graduate quickly became a cult favorite and an artistic triumph, garnering multiple award nominations and it remains one of the top grossing films in history. In 2000, the stage play opened on London’s West End, to great critical and commercial success. It transferred to Broadway starring Kathleen Turner as the martini saturated Mrs. Robinson. Still today, fifty years after The Graduate, we all continue to ask the same question…what does the future hold?

The City Theatre production features Tim Ashby, Angelina Castillo, Scott Poppaw, Larry Oliver, Christina L. Manley, Phillip Smith, Dax Dobbs, Heather Ann Howes, and Tracy Hurd. It is directed by Tracy Arnold who has acted and directed in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York and recently received her Master’s degree from Texas State University, directing locally the past two years. The play contains adult themes and brief nudity.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 5:30 PM at the City Theatre at 3823 Airport Boulevard at 38th 1/2 Street in Suite B in the business park behind the Shell station. Box office opens one hour prior show time. Seating begins twenty minutes before curtain.

Tickets start at $10 and are available online through Brown Paper Tickets. You can also make reservations requests online. All general and guaranteed reserved Seats not purchased or claimed five minutes before curtain will be released. Students tickets are available for any show for $12. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available, call 512-524-2870 or email info@citytheatreaustin.org.

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