By Paula Vogel
directed by Lee Sunday Evans


A survivor’s guide to the rules of the road

Compassionate, heartbreaking, and sometimes even funny, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicles one woman’s journey to break the cycle—and silence—surrounding the years of sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of a beloved family member. A story of boundaries, personal agency, and how hindsight is not always 20/20, How I Learned to Drive has earned its place as a modern masterpiece and achieves a powerful new resonance in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp.

“The play is a potent and convincing comment on a taboo subject, and its impact sneaks up on its audience.”
Variety

“Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman’s memories.”
New York Times

CONTENT ADVISORY

This play deals frankly with issues surrounding sexual abuse and incest. We encourage all patrons to use their own discretion in determining the appropriateness of the material.

RUN TIME

Approximately 110 minutes. No intermission.

RESOURCES, PREPARATION, AND NEXT STEPS

Given the sensitive topic at hand, we take seriously our commitment to provide a brave space for dialogue surrounding our production of this play. Keep an eye on the sidebar to the right (or sign up for our mailing list) as we collect campus & community resources and build our engagement opportunities, including panels, talkbacks, and workshops here at PlayMakers.

TICKETS AND SHOWTIMES

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7:30p P

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7:30p P, V

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7:30p

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2:00p

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7:30p👌

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7:30p

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7:30p

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7:30p

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2:00p

Media

Mar 8 2019

To Tell a Secret, to Teach a Lesson

Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" is one of the most important plays of the last 50 years and takes on the patriarchy in a unique and unflinching manner.

Mar 15 2019

Artifacts of Personal History

The Paul Green Theatre is a special place. And director Lee Sunday Evans has found it to be down right inspiration for her vision of "How I Learned to Drive."

Mar 22 2019

Unacceptable yet Common

When a playwright trusts the audience, it can result in a truly powerful night at the theatre. Paula Vogel trusts you with "How I Learned to Drive."

Mar 29 2019

Resources for You

"The group helps each individual survivor enlarge her story, releasing her from her isolation and readmitting the fullness of the larger world from which she has been alienated."

Apr 3 2019

Relevance and Time

Decades after it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Paula Vogel's masterpiece, "How I Learned to Drive," hits even harder than it ever did before.

Apr 10 2019

In the Driver's Seat

Whom to tell and how to tell it. What Li'l Bit's story of reclamation in "How I Learned to Drive" can tell us about being survivors.

REVIEWS

Two Stylized but Unflinching Plays About the Trauma of Sexual Abuse
by Katy Koop
Indy Week
April 10, 2019


by Susie Potter
Triangle Arts Review
April 10, 2019

Review: “How I Learned to Drive”
by Garrett Southerland
Talkin’ Broadway
April 10, 2019

Review: Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive at PlayMakers Repertory Company Explores Problems in How Women Are Valued
by Nicole Noel
Triangle Arts and Entertainment
April 9, 2019

NEWS

PlayMakers’ new play “How I Learned to Drive” tackles sexual assault in the #MeToo age
by Caroline Kloster
The Daily Tar Heel
April 1, 2019

The Great Work Continues: The 25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America’
by Laura Collins-Hughes, with Ben Brantley & Jesse Green
New York Times
June 1, 2018

Review: 2012 Broadway Production
by David Lefkowitz
Playbill
February 13, 2012

Paula Vogel Gives Some Valuable Driving Lessons
by Kathy Henderson
Variety
May 23, 1997

Paula Vogel: How She Keeps Driving
by David Lefkowitz
Playbill
April 7, 1997

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