The Graduate: L.A. Theatre Works
Plaza del Sol Concert Hall (Directions & Parking)
$40 / $35
Sat., March 1 - 8:00 PM
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Director: Brian Kite
Adaptor: Terry Johnson
Starring: Diane Adair, Matthew Arkin, Heidi Dippold, Jill Renner,
Darren Richardson, Brian Tichnell, & Tom Virtue
In the early 1960s, when Charles Webb wrote a novel called The Graduate, America was in an "age of youth." Young people were leading the way to social, political, and cultural transformation. Webb's novel, published in 1963, was groundbreaking in those changing times; reviewers unanimously praised his brilliant and innovative use of dialogue and comedic genius in dealing with controversial themes and the main character's lack of direction.
The film version, released in 1967 and featuring Dustin Hoffman as the lost but heroically determined Benjamin Braddock, quickly became a cult favorite and an artistic triumph, garnering multiple Academy Award nominations; it remains one of the top grossing films in history. The iconic film has been a touchstone for generations — representing the universal feelings of rebellion, confusion, frustration, love, and redemption honestly and hilariously, embodied by the characters of Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin Braddock, Elaine, and the additional cast of characters. Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg's presentation of this American classic is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast.
Mrs. Robinson will be played by the accomplished film and TV actress Heidi Dippold who had a recurring role on The Sopranos on HBO and has also had guest appearances on NCIS, NYPD Blue, Alias, and Law & Order. She starred in the film House with Michael Madsen and was featured in Stardom and the campy-horror film Mexican Werewolf in Texas. On stage, she just finished the run of Smokefall at South Coast Rep in California with Orson Bean.
Benjamin Braddock will be played by newcomer Brian Tichnell who has recently been seen on Newsroom, Fetching, and Maron and will be featured on the forthcoming Silicon Valley.
Matthew Arkin will play Mr.Robinson. He's been a regular on television for three decades with appearances on Law & Order, All My Children, The Medium, Rescue Me, and others. His film credits include An Unmarried Woman, Liar Liar, Margot at the Wedding, and several others.
Tom Virtue will play Mr. Braddock. His numerous TV credits include long runs on Disney's Even Stevens, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Star Trek: Voyager, as well as dozens of guest appearances on TVs The Mindy Project, The Office, NCIS, Big Time Rush, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and many more. His recent film credits include Iron Man 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Blades of Glory.
The rest of the cast includes Darren Richardson, Jill Renner, and Diane Adair. All three have television and film credits and recently appeared in the LATW national tour of Pride & Prejudice.