How I Learned to Drive

About the Show: 

This Pulitzer Prize winning play follows the relationship between Li’l Bit and her Uncle Peck. As a 34-year-old narrator, Li’l Bit looks back on her life through a series of episodes, each time explaining more about her uncle and their relationship. The play explores sensitive issues and prejudices through Li’l Bit’s metaphor of learning how to drive.

Director’s Notes: 

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a Pulitzer Prize winning play. The story that Li'l Bit tells is one of education, survival, and most importantly, love. Many people who experience this play by reading it, eagerly form opinions about the characters, judging then as victim or villain. The playwright, Paula Vogel, knows how to push people's buttons. She uses many different topics to take us to our own prejudices, the most obvious one being "pedophilia". If it was simply an issue play about pedophilia there is little doubt it would not have won the Pulitzer. Most people would readily acknowledge pedophilia as something negative to our society and needs no exploration. The author makes it clear in research that this is a singular story that is personal concerning singular characters.  The challenge is to present the play with the author's intent while holding our beliefs and prejudices at bay while looking specifically at the characters and their journey - seeing the story through their perspectives, not ours.

Written by: 
Paula Vogel
Performance dates: 
Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 7:30pm
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 7:30pm
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 7:30pm
Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 2:00pm
Friday, September 17, 2010 - 7:30pm
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 7:30pm
Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 2:00pm

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