How I Learned to Drive 

Department of Fine Arts

The University Theatre Presents:
How I Learned to Drive
by Paula Vogel

February 24-26, 2005
Fine Arts Theatre
Hyman Fine Arts Center
Francis Marion University
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play. "Ms Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories." —NY Times. "…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a tremendous achievement, genuine and genuinely disturbing…This is, quite simply, the sweetest and most forgiving play ever written about child abuse…Vogel's delicate tactic makes sense not only as a way to redouble the dramatic effect, but as a representation of reality, a perfect case of the form fitting the subject." —Village Voice. "With subtle humor and teasing erotic encounters, Vogel addresses the dangerous intersections of teenage temptation. She also paints a richly poetic and picturesque landscape…The play is a potent and convincing comment on a taboo subject, and its impact sneaks up on its audience." —Variety. "…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE turns out to be a most compelling ride." —BackStage.  Production Photo
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THE STORY: A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.

Synopsis courtesy of Dramatists Play Service

Director: Robert Brooks

Asst. Director: Paullet Weaver
Set/Light Design: David Granath
Costume Design: Abby Kiker
Female Chorus: Erin Lamz
Li’l Bit: Aesia Wyatt
Peck: Vincent Triana    
Teenage Chorus: Tiffany N. Holmes
Male Chorus: Blake Gardner

The Francis Marion University Theatre began the 2004-2005 season with Lion in Winter by James Goldman.  The Francis Marion University Experimental Theatre showcased student directed one act plays November 17-18, 2004. The final mainstage production of the season will be Red Herring by Michael Hollinger April 14-16, 2005.

Reservations for How I Learned to Drive may be made beginning February 14 by calling the box office at 661-1365. The box office will be open to reserve seats Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm.  All tickets are free to the public.  Curtain is at 8:00.

For additional information contact Dr. Brooks in FAC 110, 661-1545,

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Interested in working "behind the scenes"?  Contact Mr. Granath in FAC 222, 661-1536,

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