Just days after The Graduate at Laguna Playhouse closed, up-and-coming actor Nick Tag (Benjamin Braddock) is hard at work promoting his next project. Besides acting, the real-life USC graduate also has writing and producing credits under his belt. I got to chat with Tag recently about his Playhouse co-star Melanie Griffith (Mrs. Robinson), the challenge of wearing a wet suit on stage and the backstage shenanigans as seen on Instagram.
Were you familiar with the film version or the previous stagings of The Grauduate before getting cast as the title character?
I was. I had seen the movie a few times growing up and saw it shortly before auditions. However I purposefully have not watched it again since starting the process. Would be fun to see it again once the show closes.
Your character opens the show in scuba gear. Was it difficult to wear under the stage lights?
What has been the most thrilling part about being cast in this production?
It has been such a wonderful opportunity to work with a star like Melanie Griffith who has such a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her career as taken her everywhere and she has worked with or met seemingly everyone in the business at some point. Working with someone with that kind of experience is a priceless opportunity for growth and knowledge.
Has Melanie given you any specific advice?
“You have to follow your gut. That’s all you got.”
Some of your scenes with Melanie and Martha Magruder (Elaine Robinson) are very physical. Have you had any stage mishaps?
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