"How I Learned to Drive" at PAC

Friday, February 21, 2014

How I Learned to Drive

"How I Learned to Drive" show poster.

The Department of Theatre and Film Studies opens its spring season with a production of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning play "How I Learned to Drive."

The 7:30 p.m. performances are Feb. 25-March 1 on the Arena Stage of the Performing Arts Center. There is a matinee performance 2 p.m. March 2.

Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, and free with an SCSU ID. Call (320) 308-4636, visit or stop by Atwood Memorial Center information desk.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and $1.50 an hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp

"How I Learned to Drive," written by playwright and professor Paula Vogel, examines the complex and disturbing relationship between an adolescent girl and her uncle. In this stylistically unique play, the audience becomes part of a woman's memory as she learns the rules of the road, love and adulthood from behind the wheel.

Driving is used as a metaphor to describe the illegal association, often occurring today, between an adult and a child. This play explores the subject in a humane and sensitive way. Ultimately, the victimized child becomes an adult and manages to move forward with her life, but unable to forget her past.

The material is not suitable for all ages. "How I Learned to Drive" confronts the issues of gender, family and community in sexually abusive situations.  After each performance, audience members are invited to stay for a brief discussion of the issues, guided by professionals. 

Directing the production will be Brenda Wentworth, professor of theatre. Wentworth holds a master's degree from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.

View the plays of our 2013-14 season.

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