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Get your monologues ready to audition for the upcoming production of "The Graduate"!

Auditions in mid-February, production in May. Joe Stallone directing, heading to EMACT, fun and funny play.

“The Graduate”

A play adapted by Terry Johnson

based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry

Directed by Joe Stallone

Auditions will be held at AFD Theater, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA

AUDITION DATES / TIMES
Auditions will be grouped in 1-hour segments.

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 7 to 8 PM and 8 to 9 PM

  • Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 1 to 2 PM and 2 to 3 PM

  • Callbacks: Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 4 to 6 PM

 To schedule your audition segment, please contact Mary Fitzpatrick. Email marymarkfitz@gmail.com or call 727-543-5092

AUDITION INFORMATION

Please prepare a short monologue of any style from a modern play written after 1960.

  • There will also be readings from the script.

  • Bring a hard copy resume and headshot.

  • Bring a hard copy completed audition form. Click here to download form.

Please read story synopsis and character synopses below.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES

  • Friday, May 12 at 8 PM

  • Saturday, May 13 at 8 PM

  • Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 PM

  • Friday, May 19 at 8 PM

  • Saturday, May 20 at 8 PM

  • Sunday, May 21 at 4 PM

  • No show Sunday, May 14 due to Mother’s Day.

 June 23–25: A cutting from “The Graduate” will be entered in the EMACT Festival which will take place June 23–25. Exact date/time not yet scheduled by EMACT.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals will be Mondays and Thursdays from 7:15 to 10 PM and Sundays from 3:30 to 7 PM.

  • A few additional rehearsal days will be added; TBA based on cast availability.

  • Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals.

  • Tech Week: May 6 through May 11. Detailed schedule TBA; please hold ALL dates open.

  • Complete rehearsal and tech schedules will be available no later than the first rehearsal.

 Please indicate ALL dates that you are not available and ALL time conflicts (If we know in advance, we may be able to work around your conflicts).

Seeking actors for the following roles

CHARACTER SYNOPSES (NOTE: Actual age is less important than suitability for the role.)

  • Benjamin Braddock (early 20’s) Recent Ivy League college graduate—the best and brightest—conflicted about values, his future, and his life. To rebel or to confirm, that is the question. Seduced into an affair by family friend Mrs. Robinson, but in love with her daughter Elaine.

NOTE: Must be comfortable appearing shirtless and in underwear only (at least briefly). Nudity is optional but not required and a closed set can be arranged for those rehearsals.

  • Mr. Braddock (late 40’s-mid-50’s) Benjamin’s father, a well-off businessman and emblematic of “the establishment.”
  • Mrs. Braddock (late 40’s) Benjamin’s mother, a good wife and socially appropriate.
  • Mr. Robinson (early- to mid-50’s) Mr. Braddock’s business partner and neighbor, an even more severe example of “the establishment.”
  • Mrs. Robinson (late 40’s to 50’ish) Mr. Robinson’s alcoholic, unhappy repressed wife, full of regret and secret passions. Sexy and alluring, she might be called a “cougar” today.

NOTE: Must be comfortable appearing in underwear and/or sexy negligee. Nudity is optional but not required and a closed set can be arranged for those rehearsals.

  • Elaine Robinson (20-ish) The Robinsons’ daughter and high school friend of Benjamin. Optimistic and a conformist, she expects a “normal” life like that of her parents and their friends.
  • Stripper, Receptionist (Female, 20’s-40’s)
  • Hotel Clerk, Psychiatrist, Barman, Priest (Male, any age)
  • Patrons in Strip Club, Wedding Guests (2 Male, 2 Female; minimal rehearsal requirement)

ABOUT “THE GRADUATE”

Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Having spent four years achieving a brilliant scholastic record, upon graduation he finds himself adrift, uncertain about his future, disconnected from his purpose, and increasingly alienated from the upper-class, suburban, “plastic” world of his parents.

 Fighting panic and boredom, he is deeply conflicted but ultimately willing when Mrs. Robinson, the unhappily married, alcoholic, and dangerously charismatic wife of his father’s business partner, tempts him into an affair. Benjamin’s tenuous existence of lazy days and stolen nights falls apart when he falls in love—with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s upbeat, optimistic daughter.

Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation of “The Graduate” is full of rapid-fire dialogue between fascinating and horrifying characters.

“The Graduate” is iconic, known mostly as the 1967 movie directed by Mike Nichols. The movie was an adaptation of the 1963 short novel by Charles Webb. And in 2002, both were interpolated into a stage play by Terry Johnson. Still today, its iconic words and images persist.

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