Performing Arts stages the Pulitzer Prize winning play at Angelle Hall, an exploration of driving as a metaphor for power and independence.

The University of Louisiana Performing Arts Department will present "How I Learned To Drive," from March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. and 15-16 at 2 p.m. in Fletcher Hall, room 134.

Written by Paula Vogel, the story follows the strained relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her adolescence through her teenage years, into college, and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.

The result is 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 world and life from behind the wheel.

In addition to the Pulitzer, the play won "Best Play" from the New York Drama Critics Awards, was tapped as "Outstanding Play" by the Drama Desk Awards and the Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards, received the Obie Award for playwriting, and was named Outstanding Off-Broadway play by the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

The play is directed by Justin Bates, Assistant Professor of Acting and Creative Drama at UL. He has worked as both actor and director in over 20 productions with educational and professional theatres throughout the United States and Canada.

Actors for this production include students from the UL Performing Arts Department and members of the community.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for UL Alumni, senior citizens, children 14 and over and students. UL faculty, staff and students with a valid ID are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Due to adult situations, the suggested age for admittance is 14 and up.

For further information please call the UL Department of Performing Arts at 337.482.6357.


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