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Lab Theater brings 'The Graduate' to Fort Myers beginning March 21

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The Graduate tells the story of college graduate Benjamin Braddock who becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner. Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson conduct their torrid affair amidst the watchful eyes of her daughter, Elaine, with whom Benjamin eventually falls in love.

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The Graduate is a lot like the movie of the same name starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman, but the stage gives a more intimate portrait of Mrs. Robinson and Ben and their relationship with each other and their families," says Director Lois Kuehne."The play takes place in 1964, in a simpler and gentler time, when secrets are quietly kept and unusual behavior is just overlooked. The iconic line, 'plastics,' is still in place along with all the confusion and angst of Benjamin searching for both love and his place in society."

The ensemble cast of The Graduate come from diverse backgrounds and are grounded in stage, film and television experience. Lois Kuehne, recent winner of BroadwayWorld.com’s Best Costumes and Best Set Design in SWFL theater, directs the crisp and amusing romp.

Sandy Porter stars as Mrs. Robinson and Jonathan Best as Benjamin in this winner of the Touring Broadway Award for Best Play. The supporting cast includes Rob Green, recently seen in the heart-wrenching role of Biff in Death of a Salesman, Shannon Riley, last seen in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Mary Powell.

"Fun to watch....definitely gives off starlight," said the New York Times of the play. "This bittersweet comedy is rich, full and funny. Enjoy!" adds NY1.

The Graduate premieres on March 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for the opening night reception. Other performances are on March 22, 27, 28, 29 and 30, and on April 3, 4 and 5. Tickets are $12 for students, $18.50 for seniors and military on Thursdays, and $22 for adults.They are available for purchase at the door or online at laboratorytheaterflorida.com. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. Fort Myers, 33901.

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks and features and challenges local performers of various skill levels.

Stay up to date with its news and events on Facebook and Twitter @LabTheaterFL. For more information, please call 239-218-0481.

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