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One of the most powerful stories of sexual awakening and coming of age to ever be told, The Graduate was made into a Hollywood film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. The song from that movie—“Mrs Robinson”, popularized by Simon & Garfunkel--became a chart-topping pop hit when it was released in 1968.

This April, Repertory Philippines revives the fever as it brings to the local stage The Graduate, starring Pinky Marquez in the role of the “original cougar” Mrs. Robinson. Playing the role of Benjamin Braddock, the young university graduate who is seduced by Mrs. Robinson—and who later falls in love with her daughter Elaine--is Reb Atadero.

The Graduate is based on the 1963 novel of the same title by Charles Webb, made into a film by Mike Nichols in 1967. The movie made it to the #21 spot on the list of highest-grossing films in the US and Canada, and was adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson. Repertory Philippines’ production is based on Johnson’s adaptation and on the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, with direction by Jaime del Mundo.

At the center of the story is the affair that blooms between Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson. Restless and wondering what to do now that he has graduated from college, Braddock is drawn to the older, seductive temptress and arranges a tryst with her in a hotel. The tryst soon grows into a full-blown affair. Braddock’s parents, unaware of what is going on—and wanting to get their son to commit to something—set him up on a date with Robinson’s daughter Elaine. Although the date gets off on the wrong foot, the two young people eventually fall in love with interesting consequences.

This is Pinky’s first time to play such a daring role, and also her first since appearing in Repertory Philippines’ recent hit production of “No Way to Treat a Lady”.

Also in the cast of The Graduate with Pinky and Reb is an all-star stage cast composed of Cara Barredo, Jeremy Domingo, Jaime del Mundo, Angela Padilla, Nathalie Everett and Joel Trinidad. Pinky and Joel were last seen in Repertory Philippines’ hit production of No Way To Treat A Lady.

The Graduate opens on April 5, with shows on April 6 and 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1.

For ticket reservations, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.

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