How I Learned to Drive on Broadway Show Now Closed

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How I Learned to Drive Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Play
  • How I Learned to Drive is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 29, 2022
  • Show Opened: April 19, 2022
  • Show Closed: June 12, 2022

A woman analyzes her childhood and recalls old painful family memories. Her Uncle taught her how to drive, but also sexually abused her.

How I Learned to Drive on Broadway Background

Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive reunites the two original stars of the off-Broadway show with the original director for a new production on Broadway.

Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse head the cast of this play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life. How I Learned to Drive is produced with Daryl Roth and Cody Lassen.

COVID-19 Impact on Show

This show was impacted by the COVID-19 Broadway shutdown and was originally scheduled to open in previews on 4/14/2020, with a red carpet opening on 4/30/2020 and was set to close on 6/7/2020.

What’s How I Learned to Drive Like?

How I Learned to Drive takes place in Pikesville, Maryland in the mid 1960’s. The play follows the retelling of the many memories that the main character, Li’l Bit has, as she comes to terms with her family’s twisted past.

Throughout the show, Bit recalls disturbing memories which she turns into life lessons and teaches to the audience.

Out-of-order and Non-linear Storyline Style

The show is written in an out-of-order and non-linear storyline style, flashbacks, as well as quick change costumes and set transformations are used to create the intended effects. Bit reenacts the stories of her emotionally complicated relationship with her sexually abusive Uncle, while she narrates.

The audience watch as Bit grows up, she constantly struggles with her identity and the gender inequality that was prevalent in the 60’s. She also struggles with the many memories of her Uncles excessive drinking, mental and physical abuse, the lewd jokes at her expense and the non-stop groping and kissing that he always seems to want.

By the end of the show Bit comes to realize that though she did not ask for any of this, none of her incidents were her fault and she should not blame herself for her traumatic childhood memories. The show ultimately becomes her own therapy session, with a live audience as her silent witness.

Is How I Learned to Drive Good for Kids?

Due to the sexual and abusive content in the show, kids under the age of 17 should not see this play.

Theatre Information

Samuel J Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 650
Entrance: 47th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway
Theatre Information

Samuel J Friedman Theatre Seating Chart

How I Learned to Drive Marquee

How I Learned to Drive Theatre Marquee at the Samuel Freidman Theatre

Cast Members

Li’l Bit
Mary-Louise Parker
Uncle Peck
David Morse
Johanna Day
Alyssa May Gold
Chris Myers

Producers

Manhattan Theatre Club

Daryl Roth

Cody Lassen

Dodger Theatricals

Vineyard Theatre

Production Credits

Associate Producer
Vineyard Theatre
General Manager
Florie Seery
Press Agent
Boneau/Bryan-Brown
Company Manager
Robert Carroll
Press Agent
Boneau/Bryan-Brown
Production Stage Manager
James Fitzsimmons

Creative Team

Author
Paula Vogel
Director
Mark Brokaw
Settings
Rachel Hauck
Costumes
Dede Ayite
Lighting
Mark McCullough
Sound & Original Music
David Van Tieghem
Video Design
Lucy Mackinnon