|“HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE” OPENS AT VONNIE BORDEN THEATRE APRIL 27
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University Theatre will close out the spring 2004 season with Paula Vogel’s
Pulitzer Prize-winning “How I Learned to Drive” April 27-May1 at Vonnie
A wildly funny, surprising, devastating
and out-of-order tale of survival, “How I Learned to Drive” is seen through
the eyes of Li'l Bit, who is caught in a crude, coarse family that just
doesn’t fit her. She recalls the older man, her Uncle Peck, whose disturbing
obsession with her leads her to terrible, sordid, unforgivable situations.
By teaching Li’l Bit to rely on her wits, Uncle Peck provides the means
for her to escape her family but wounds her forever. The question for the
audience is can she ever really drive fast enough to escape him?
Vogel comments that “How I Learned
to Drive” is not a warning that the people who love us can also do great
harm, but shows that “we can receive great love from the people who harm
The production is rated R due
The story of a young woman who
learns the rules of the road and life from behind the steering wheel won
the author a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. The play has also garnished many other
awards, including the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle,
New York Drama Critics Circle and Obie awards for best play.
Starring in the Southeastern
Theatre production of “How I Learned to Drive” are Whitney Allen of Hammond
as Li'l Bit, Josh Tillotson of Hammond as Uncle Peck, Daniel Thomas of
Ponchatoula as the Male Greek Chorus, and Shiloh Klein of Ponchatoula and
Maya Ferrara of Zachary as the Teenage Greek Chorus. Set design is by David
Badon of Hammond, lighting by Southeastern Theatre director and dramatic
arts faculty member Steve Schepker, and costumes by faculty member Rick
Directing the production is music
and dramatic arts instructor Selisa Hue, and stage manager is Amanda Pulliam
of Mandeville. Serving as assistant stage managers and understudies are
Erin Klein of Hammond and Shawn Curry of Luling.
Nightly curtain time for “How
I Learned to Drive” is 7:30 p.m. Tickets prices are $10 adults; $5 seniors/fac/staff/non-SLU
students; and SLU students free with ID. Tickets are currently on sale
at the theater box office, 985-549-2115, in the lobby of D Vickers Hall.
Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 6:15 p.m. to curtain
time on performance nights.
For additional information about
“How I Learned to Drive,” contact the department of music and dramatic