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A Play adapted by Terry Johnson

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

By special arrangement with StudioCanal

Directed by Jeanie K. Smith


“Plastics, Ben. Plastics. Will you think about that?” Recent college graduate Benjamin has excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him...A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this brilliantly mod and hilarious stage adaptation.



"This bittersweet comedy is rich, full and funny. Enjoy!"

- NY1




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Performance dates: June 17 - July 2, 2017 (preview June 16)

Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Ticket Prices: $25-52 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night)


Content Advisory: This production features sexual situations & partial nudity.


Approximate running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.


All performances are held at the:

Lucie Stern Theater

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 93401

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences


For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page or call 650-329-0891. To purchase 2017-18 season tickets, please visit our 87th Season Page HERE.



Opening Night AfterGlow Party

Saturday, June 17

Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.



Post-Show Talkback Series

Thursday, June 22 and Thursday, June 29

Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Jeanie K. Smith and members of the cast following the performances, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.






Mrs. Robinson: Betsy Kruse Craig

Benjamin Braddock: Max Tachis

Mr. Braddock: Shawn Bender

Mr. Robinson: Mark Novak

Mrs. Braddock: Raegena Raymond-Brunker

Elaine Robinson: Michelle Skinner

The Hotel Clerk: Adam Currier

The Assistant Desk Clerk/The Stripper: Karen Sanders

The Psychiatrist/The Priest: Tom Farley




Director: Jeanie K. Smith

Scenic Designer: Nikolaj Sorensen

Costume Designer: Kathleen Qiu

Lighting Designer: Kedar Lawrence

Properties Designer: Scott Ludwig

Sound Designer: Gordon Smith

Stage Manager: Lauren Howry

Artistic Director: Patrick Klein




TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, please call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers are able to exchange at no charge. Ask our box office how you can become a season subscriber, and enjoy special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call ticket information: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one (1) hour prior to show time. U.S. mail ticket information: If requested, tickets are mailed via the U.S. Post Office First Class mail no later than seven (7) days prior to the show date. Palo Alto Players has two (2) price levels on the seating chart: PRIME and VALUE. If you have accessible seating needs or simply need assistance, please call our box office at (650) 329-0891. Thank you! Enjoy the show!