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Los Angeles theatre company presents The Graduate
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – L.A. Theatre Works, the foremost radio theatre company in the country, will present two performances of The Graduate on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Johnson County Community College.
Tickets, which are $30, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at jccc.edu/TheSeries. The first performance will take place at 2 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Both will be in Polsky Theatre. A member of the theatre company will lead a discussion after each performance.
The Graduate, a novel written by Charles Webb, is probably best remembered for the film adaptation that came out in 1967. The satire/comedy centers on a college graduate who finds himself directionless in the shifting social and sexual values of the 1960s.
The Los Angeles non-profit arts organization began touring with The Graduate in 2013, 50 years after the novel came out. Whether seen on film, stage, or read, The Graduate has been a touchstone for generations – representing the universal feelings of rebellion, confusion, frustration, love and redemption – so honestly and hilariously embodied by the characters of Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin Braddock, Elaine and the rest.
L.A. Theatre Works has been presenting, preserving and disseminating classic and contemporary plays for more than 25 years. Its unique hybrid form of audio theatre and the innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of theatre keeps this venerable art form thriving, assuring wide and affordable access.
The performance is presented in a style called ‘radio theatre’ and includes sound effects produced by a Foley artist. Foley effects, named after film sound pioneer Jack Donovan Foley are sound effects such as footsteps, glass breaking or clothes rustling which are added to the production to enhance the auditory experience. The Foley artists perform the sound effects while watching the action live on stage.
The company and their Foley artist will conduct a hands-on demonstration of the Foley effects at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO.
The company's weekly public radio show is heard by 7 million listeners annually in more than 80 markets in the United States. In Kansas City, it can be heard Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. on KKFI Community Radio, 90.1 FM. The show also is available on demand, free of charge, through L.A. Theatre Works' streaming site at http://www.latw.org.