How I Learned to Drive
March 27-30 , 2008
Directed by John W. Olive
Scenic Design by Jim Pitroski
Costume Design by Kelsey Henderson
Lighting Design by Grant Merges
Sound Design by Jason Witty

Read stories by the MSU Reporter
Mankato Free Press

Li'l Bit (Katharine Moeller) adjusts the mirror in the car that her
Uncle Peck (Doug Bennett, center) will use to teach her to drive.

Peck is consoled by his sister (Lucy Hinton) when Li'l Bit acts out.
Watching are her grandparents (Heather Ann Folsom and Jeff Smith).

Peck and Li'l Bit partake in a nice dinner out.

Li'l Bit has bad memories of school, where she was the object
of ridicule due to her large breasts.

Uncle Peck takes photographs that are NOT appropriate.


The story, in a nutshell

The realism and collaboration of the production

Why it's important to show this

Production values of this show

After receiving the Pulitzer Prize for How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel
was interviewed on "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and asked to describe the play
and what inspired her to write it as a bittersweet comedy. "It's a love story between Little Bit
and her Uncle Peck, and it's also, I think, a play about healing, forgiving and moving on.
I felt that having watched a kind of climate of victimization occur causes almost as much trauma
as the original abuse. And so in may ways I think I felt that it's a mistake to demonize the people who hurt us."

Why do this play? Simply look at today's statistics that tell us that one out of every four women have
been sexually abused as a child. It's one out of every six for men. It is only by bringing this social taboo
out in the open and creating a dialogue that it can be addressed in a positive manner that allows us to heal ourselves.

We are all responsible for the victims, as well as the perpetrators, of sexual abuse in our society.
Director John Olive

Although she is able to keep it from progressing too far, Li'l Bit
must still get closer than she'd like with her Uncle Peck.

All photos by Mike Lagerquist