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Preview: How I Learned To Drive by Wag the Dog Theatre

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Wag the Dog Theatre is back this June for their annual mainstage production. Once again playing at the Drama Centre Black Box, this year, they’re presenting Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive.

Having premiered in March 1997, How I Learned to Drive is set in rural America in the 1960s, and exploring the life of L’il Bit, a teenage girl as she comes of age and navigates a complicated relationship with an older man – her aunt’s husband Peck. Following her through her adolescence and college years as part of a family whose notions of parenting are difficult to embrace, we watch as L’il Bit grows up surrounded by pubescent boys and grown men who seem to only think about sex and women’s breasts, yet keeps it in her to never stops looking for love even as she finds herself caught up in the most dangerous love of all. Driving is a dangerous sport, and the road of life even more dangerous than most as L’il Bit tries to steer herself a safer path to adulthood.

Still highly uncomfortable yet fiercely relevant years on in its depiction of trauma, abuse, and dysfunctional families, Paula Vogel seminal play is set to blur the line between right and wrong, constantly confronting the lengths to which we will go to excuse wrong-doing in the name of love. Directed by Warren Baumgart Jr., the play will feature Wag the Dog ensemble members Deborah Hoon, Victoria Mintey, Susie Penrice Tyrie and Sean Worrall with guest actor Mario Chan. Book your tickets and strap on your seatbelts: it’s gonna be one hell of a bumpy ride.

How I Learned To Drive plays from 21st to 29th June 2019 at the Drama Centre Black Box. Tickets available from SISTIC

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