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Center Stage Holds Open Auditions for 'The Graduate'

Try out for roles made famous by Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman.

at will perform Terry Johnson’s The Graduate in July — and open auditions are happening in less than two weeks with director Michael Disher

The play is an adaptation of the 1963 novel by Charles Webb and the 1967 film directed by Mike Nichols. It had a successful run at London's West End in 2001 and opened on Broadway in 2002 starring Kathleen Turner, Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone.

The iconic film starred Dustin Hoffman as protagonist Benjamin Braddock, a recent university graduate with no well-defined aim in life. He is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Jerry Hall, Amanda Donohoe, Morgan Fairchild, Anne Archer, Vera Fischer and Linda Gray have all had turns portraying Mrs. Robinson on stage.

Auditions will be Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. and Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m. Late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director.

Available Roles include:

  • Mrs. Robinson (40s) – manipulative, cunning, seductive, brief nudity
  • Benjamin Braddock (early 20s) – naïve, restless gullible, brief nudity
  • Elaine Robinson (early 20s) – clever, educated, uncertain
  • Mr. Braddock (Dad) (40s) – typical 1960s dad/businessman
  • Mrs. Braddock (Mom) (40s) – optimistic, sentimental, rather unrealistic
  • Mr. Robinson (40s) –  all business businessman
  • Stripper (30s, 40s) – jaded, brief nudity
  • Hotel Clerk (any age) – quick comic timing required
  • Psychiatrist (any age) – subtle comic timing required

No prepared monologue is required. Sides will be provided at the auditions. For further information, contact director Michael Disher at 631 965-0262 or mbentondisher@gmail.com.

Performances will start July 12 and run through July 29.

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