Above: Promotional graphic for "The Graduate" showing at The Poway Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2014. Courtesy of The Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
When "The Graduate" was published in 1963, America was in an “age of youth.” Young people were leading the way to social, political and cultural change, and Charles Webb’s novel was groundbreaking in its ability to capture those changing times.
In 1967, "The Graduate" film was released, featuring the iconic, boyish face of Dustin Hoffman as the lost but heroically determined Benjamin Braddock. The film became a cult favorite, an artistic triumph, and one of the top grossing films in history. Now, L.A. Theatre Works, a Los Angeles –based theater company whose mission is to match classic stories with headline actors, introduces a new stage version of "The Graduate".
Past L.A. Theatre Works productions have included Ed Asner, Hillary Swank, Eric Stoltz, James Cromwell, Sharon Gless and Hector Elizando. And while we won’t know the stars of this production until December of 2013 (join our email list at powayarts.org to be the first to find out!), it promises to be a top-notch production and a fresh new take on this American classic. Still today, fifty years after "The Graduate," we all continue to ask the same question… “what does the future hold?”
Prices range from $13-$58. Tickets to this event may be purchased online at www.powayarts.org, or in person at the box office. Box office hours are Friday noon-5 PM, and Sat 10 AM -3 PM.