Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home and promptly becomes embroiled in an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, but quickly finds himself falling in love with their daughter, Elaine. Made famous by the 1967 Mike Nichols-directed film that helped launch Dustin Hoffman’s career, the play was a West End and Broadway hit. Director John Lepard says, “Even though The Graduate is set in 1964, I think it speaks to our students in a profound way. The world is a tough place to be thrust into these days. There are not a lot of full time jobs available, the American Dream seems further out of reach than in recent history, our government is more polarized than I have seen in my lifetime. The people in charge may seem ‘grotesque’ because of what could be seen as failures of the older generations. Where does a young graduate turn? How can he/she find something to make sense of the world?”
The LCC cast features Scott Laban as Benjamin, Deb Keller as Mrs. Robinson and Clearie McCarthy as Elaine. Other cast members include Katie Bristol (Mrs. Braddock), Adam Pruden (Mr. Braddock), Ryan Thumser (Mr. Robinson), and Devin Faught and Amelia M. Rogocka in various roles. Deb is an LCC and Cornerstone University theatre professor, a Purple Rose Theatre company member, and frequent Peppermint Creek Theatre director. Clearie, Ryan and Amelia are students in LCC’s Theatre Studio Program. Scott, Katie, Adam and Devin are recent LCC Theatre alumni. Director John Lepard is an LCC and MSU theatre professor, executive director of Williamston Theatre, and a professional stage and film actor.
Performances are November 1-9 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and one 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, November 3 (sign interpreted) in Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing
Tickets are $5 students, $10 seniors, LCC staff & alumni, $15 adults; at the door starting 45 minutes before curtain or in advance on LCC’s campus at The Hole in the Hall, 133 Gannon Building, 10am-6pm Monday thru Thursday.
For more information call 517-483-1488 or visit lcc.edu/showinfo.
Parking Information: Free parking in the Gannon Ramp on Grand Ave and in Lot U at the corner of Capitol and Genesee (kitty corner to Dart Auditorium). Because of construction along Capitol Ave., street crossings are limited near Dart
Auditorium. Please follow signage to cross Capitol just south of Genesee if you park in Lot U.
Fine & Performing Arts Coordinator
Lansing Community College