Case Western Reserve University's Eldred Theater continues its 2006/07 production season with Paula Vogel's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive. Performance dates are February 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinées on February 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. The undergraduate ensemble is directed by John Jensen, part-time lecturer of acting and movement in Case's department of theater and dance.
How I Learned to Drive is a disarmingly funny, surprising, and devastating tale about a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. The play concerns an affair between its protagonist, named Li'l Bit, who comes of age in the 1960s and 1970s, and her Uncle Peck.
In the story, Li'l Bit receives driving lessons from her uncle and the affair takes place as she matures from age 11 to 18, before she puts an end to it. In spite of the serious situation, there are many comical elements of the play, which avoids the expected condemnation of this situation to look at the basic humanity that binds these two characters.
The production team includes theater faculty member Russ Borksi, set and lighting design; guest artist Jasen J. Smith, costume design; and sound design by Case student Zane Beatty.
General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call the Eldred Theater Box Office for the department of theater and dance at 216-368-6262.
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