Warsaw Federal Incline Theater
Jan. 24-Feb. 10
[East Price Hill]
Directed by Greg Procaccino
Cast: Elliot Handkins as Benjamin Braddock, Madison Pullins as Elaine, Marissa Poole as Mrs. Robinson, Alan Kootsher as Mr. Robinson, Torie Pate as Mrs. Braddock, Brent Alan Burington as Mr. Braddock, Courtni Nicolaci as Stripper/Ensemble) & Aaron Whitehead as Priest/Hotel Clerk/Psychiatrist
Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Having spent four years crafting a brilliant scholastic record, he finds himself adrift upon graduation, uncertain about his future, disconnected from his purpose, 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. Benjamin’s tenuous existence of lazy days and stolen nights falls apart when he falls in love — with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s upbeat, optimistic daughter. Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation of The Graduate, based on the novel and the iconic 1967 film, is a bitterly hilarious dark comedy, full of rapid fire dialogue between fascinating and horrifying characters. This play explores family dysfunction, parental expectations, crumbling marriages, and the naive, yet disillusioned, dichotomy of youth, against the backdrop of 1960’s America.