“How I Learned to Drive”

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Playwright Paula Vogel, Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Elizabeth Reaser talk about Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “How I Learned to Drive.” The play explores the complex relationship between Li’l Bit (Reaser) and her Uncle Peck (Butz), as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker.


Norbert Leo Butz, Elizabeth Reaser and Paula Vogel

Comments [5]

glork from Glen Ridge NJ

Is this based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story? It shares many similarities...

Feb. 16 2012 01:49 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I don't see how it's "empowering" to, in effect, tell a girl that the way men drive is better & that the best she can do is to imitate it.

Feb. 16 2012 01:00 PM
Tom from UWS

Is it worth delineating the difference between the pedophile and the ephebophile? The first is an adult dealing sexually with children. The second with post-pubescent adolescents. It doesn't mean one is less serious a crime than the other; but a young person who, while still innocent, is at a stage of sexual awakening is surely in a different dynamic with the adult than is a pre-pubescent child. Are we seeing the girl in the play in both stages? How does this affect the two actors?

Feb. 16 2012 12:52 PM
Rosalie from astoria

I saw this play at Arena Stage in Washington DC many years ago and thought is was a wonderful piece of theatre- brave, funny and thoughtful. I just started listening to the show and was wondering why the playwright and actors feel the "p- word" doesn't apply to this play? I very much felt it was about the complexities of sexual abuse of young people which involve a big "p".

Feb. 16 2012 12:49 PM
Debbie from NYC

Ms. Vogel, I worked at the Hippodrome State Theatre when we did a production of "How I Learned to Drive" in (I believe) 1999. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing this new production and I am excited that new audiences will get to see this complex and interesting story. Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful run.

Feb. 16 2012 12:38 PM

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