Mrs. Robinson, Are You Trying to Seduce Me?

Kayvon Khoshkam and Camille Mitchell in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Graduate.

Kayvon Khoshkam and Camille Mitchell in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Graduate.

Benjamin Braddock (Kayvon Khoshkam) is a little worried about his future. Just out of college, he doesn’t know what he wants from life—but it sure isn’t plastics. Then he meets Elaine (Celine Stubel). The only problem? She’s Mrs. Robinson’s (Camille Mitchell) daughter!

The Graduate is adapted for the stage from the popular 1967 romantic comedy film that starred Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in the iconic roles of Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson. The story of Benjamin finding his way in life after college spoke to a generation about the ways of the adult world, and the loss of innocence.

“For The Graduate, I wanted a director who could balance the sensibilities of the play. Enter Lois Anderson,” says Bill Millerd, Artistic Manager Director of the Arts Club. “Lois has a warm, generous sense of humour and a singular style of theatricality that has its roots in the clown work that she did early in her acting career. The adaptation of the film into a play brings with it very challenging design and staging questions—just the kind of problem that directors like Lois relish tackling. And there’s no doubt that her vision will bring fresh energy to this classic story.”

The film is ranked as the seventh greatest of all time on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, and in 1996, it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the National Film Preservation Board of the U.S. Library of Congress and added to the National Film Registry.

• The Graduate plays at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street)until May 14. For tickets, click here.

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