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‘The Graduate’ storms stage at Playhouse
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Chuck Rosenblum rehearses a slap with Zane Wind on Thursday at the Cumming Playhouse. - photo by Emily Furtsch
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“The Graduate” is set for 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Aug. 12-29 at the Cumming Playhouse. Tickets are $20 or $15 for seniors, veterans and groups of 25 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
A 1960s movie classic soon will be brought to life on the Cumming Playhouse stage.

Gypsy Theatre Company will present “The Graduate” beginning Thursday and running through Aug. 29.

The show’s director, Mercury, said he wanted to present “The Graduate” because “it’s an amazing play” that is both “very funny and dramatic.”

“As much as art imitates life, the lives we live have many aspects of art, be it sorrow, joy, pain or laughter,” he said. “And this show has all those aspects.”

Set in 1964, “The Graduate” is the story of a young man’s coming of age and quest to find himself. The recent college graduate takes a few wrong turns before finding his way, however.

Among them is having an affair with the wife of his father’s best friend, Mrs. Robinson, while at the same time falling in love with the woman’s daughter.

Due to such topics, the show is for mature audiences only.

The Oscar Award-winning 1967 movie starred Dustin Hoffman as graduate Benjamin Braddock.

Gypsy’s version, based on the movie as well as the novel by Charles Webb, will feature Zane Wind in the lead role.

A recent college graduate himself, Wind said the role was “a once in a lifetime” opportunity.

“Dustin Hoffman is one of my favorite actors,” he said. “I feel like I kind of look like him and I’m the same age [as the character]. Nothing has pleased me more than to do this and honor him.

“It’s been a great challenge.”

Linda Heard, executive director of the playhouse, said Gypsy has brought several popular shows to the local stage in the company’s two-and-a-half-year history. Among them: “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Odd Couple,” “Steel Magnolias” and “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

“Their shows have all been good ticket draws,” she said. “We expect any show they do will be top quality.”

John Spencer, who portrays Mr. Robinson, the husband of Benjamin Braddock’s lover, said the show is a powerful one.

“If you can get past some of things it deals with, you can see there really is a message to it,” he said.

“Audiences are in store for one heck of a ride.”