How I learned to Drive


Paula Vogel

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 3 Female

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

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

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