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I've just got one thing to say, Ben.
What's that, sir.
One word, Ben.
Plastics, Ben. Plastics. Will you think about that?
--from The Graduate
These lines, so etched in the American psyche, are emblematic of the “advice” still offered to all recent graduates. The Graduate, its characters, phrases, and themes, continue to ring true a half decade after the publication of the novel. Whether seen on film or stage, or read, The Graduate has been a touchstone for generations- representing the universal feelings of rebellion, confusion, frustration, love, and redemption- so honestly, and hilariously, embodied by the characters of Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin Braddock, Elaine, and the rest.
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. In 1967, The Graduate film was released, featuring the memorable, boyish face of Dustin Hoffman as the lost but heroically determined Benjamin Braddock. The Graduate quickly became a cult favorite and an artistic triumph, garnering multiple Academy Award nominations and it remains one of the top grossing films in history.
In 2000, stage play opened on London’s West End, to great critical and commercial success. The Graduate ultimately transferred to Broadway starring Kathleen Turner as the martini saturated Mrs. Robinson.
Still today, fifty years after The Graduate, we all continue to ask the same question… what does the future hold?
Under the leadership of Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for more than two decades. L.A. Theatre Works is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at www.latw.org and programs are aired internationally on the BBC, CBC, and many other English language networks. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in over 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai. An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater… is an event.