Re-imagining a Classic

Barbara Malangoni (Mrs. Robinson) and Dean Perrine (Benjamin)Posted by Director Mary A. Bird

Not many stories define an era as well as The Graduate. The film was released in 1967 to critical acclaim and has been a touchstone of pop culture ever since.  The Graduate received new life in 2000 when it was adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson, and I was thrilled when the CST's Artistic Committee approached me to direct it.

The Graduate tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who returns home with new clear idea of what to do with his life. He becomes involved with the wife of his father’s business partner, the iconic Mrs. Robinson character, but soon finds himself falling for her daughter. 

I wanted to re-look at a classic... breath new life into it. I'm confident that our production of the show will offer a fresh take on the material. We want it to be a unique experience for both audience members who are familiar with the story, and those who are seeing it for the first time. There are new scenes that have nothing to do with the movie and there are different nuances. 

As we embark upon tech week, I am thrilled with the incredible work this cast and crew have accomplished so far and I know we will be ready to share the play with audiences this Friday.