How I Learned to Drive

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.


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.


Given the sensitive topic at hand, we take seriously our commitment to provide a brave space for dialogue surrounding our production of this play.

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


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

New York Times


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Triangle Arts Review by Susie Potter
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by Garrett Southerland
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April 10, 2019

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by Nicole Noel
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April 9, 2019


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by Caroline Kloster
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April 1, 2019

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by Laura Collins-Hughes, with Ben Brantley & Jesse Green
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Review: 2012 Broadway Production
by David Lefkowitz
February 13, 2012

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

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