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Live Theatre Meets Radio Show in 'The Graduate' at CF Feb. 10

Jan. 29, 2014

The College of Central Florida will host L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Graduate” Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dassance Fine Arts Center on the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.  

This production offers a unique twist on the 1967 cult classic starring Dustin Hoffman. It’s not a traditional stage performance.

Rather, actors appear in costume and are physically suited to their roles, but they perform with minimal staging, standing before microphones as if they were producing a live radio broadcast. Live manual sound effects replace props and gone are the traditional sets. Vocal nuances, full-on facial expressions and solid writing carry the fast-paced performance.

The cast includes several well-known TV actors. Mrs. Robinson is played by Heidi Dippold who had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Dippold also had guest appearances on “NCIS,” “NYPD Blue,” “Alias,” and “Law and Order.”

Benjamin Braddock is played by newcomer Brian Tichnell who has recently been seen on “Newsroom,” “Fetching,” and “Maron” and will be featured on the forthcoming “Silicon Valley.”

Matthew Arkin plays Mr. Robinson. He’s been a regular on television for three decades with appearances on “Law and Order,” “All My Children,” “The Medium,” and “Rescue Me.”

Tom Virtue will play Mr. Braddock. His numerous TV credits include long runs on Disney’s “Even Stevens,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” as well as dozens of guest appearances on “The Mindy Project,” “The Office,” “NCIS,” “Big Time Rush,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and many more. His recent film credits include “Iron Man 3,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Blades of Glory.”

The rest of the cast includes Darren Richardson, Jill Renner and Diane Adair. All three have television and film credits and recently appeared in the L.A. Theatre Works’ national tour of “Pride and Prejudice.”

L.A. Theatre Works is a nonprofit organization known for preserving and presenting classical and contemporary plays.

Currently, L.A. Theatre Works has visited more than 200 performing arts and civic venues. The organization was honored by the Audio Publishers Association for having the “Best Dramatic Production” in 1999.

Tickets for the show are $20. Season tickets can also be purchased and include any four performances in the Performing Arts Series. For information and tickets, call 352-873-5810 or 352-746-6721, ext. 1416. To purchase tickets online, visit Tickets.CF.edu.

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