How I Learned
by paula vogel
How I Learned to drive
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 road and life from behind the wheel.
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play. "Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories." —NY Times. "…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a tremendous achievement, genuine and genuinely disturbing…This is, quite simply, the sweetest and most forgiving play ever written about child abuse…Vogel's delicate tactic makes sense not only as a way to redouble the dramatic effect, but as a representation of reality, a perfect case of the form fitting the subject." —Village Voice. "With subtle humor and teasing erotic encounters, Vogel addresses the dangerous intersections of teenage temptation. She also paints a richly poetic and picturesque landscape…The play is a potent and convincing comment on a taboo subject, and its impact sneaks up on its audience." —Variety. "…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE turns out to be a most compelling ride." —BackStage.
Friday, May 3 at 8pm
Saturday, May 4 at 8pm (talkback following show)
Monday, May 6 at 8pm
Friday, May 10 at 8pm
Saturday, May 11 at 8pm
Monday, May 13 at 8pm
Friday, May 17 at 8pm
Saturday, May 18 at 8pm(talkback following show)
Sunday, May 19 at 3pm
Adults $25 • Seniors $20 • Students $15
Weekday performances are pay-what-you-can
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In the meantime...
"Teenage Greek Chorus"
Maggie Alger is delighted to be performing in her first show with Outvisible. Maggie has worked with several Metro Detroit theatres and theatre projects including, Little Door Theatre, the Citadel Stage, and Boxfest Detroit. Professionally, Maggie has appeared at the Riverbank Theatre in shows, including The Mousetrap and Leaving Iowa. Maggie would like to thank her family, boyfriend, and cast mates for supporting her and helping to foster such an excellent environment for creativity.
Carrie Jay Sayer
Carrie is honored to share the compelling story of Li’l Bit in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. You can catch Carrie in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Judy Boone) March 15 - April 15, 2019 at Open Book Theatre. Recent performances include The Wild Party (Dolores), Great American Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie) and Company (Susan). Other favorite roles include Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Dear Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bishop), Reckless (Rachel), and Steel Magnolias (Shelby). Carrie has performed at Meadowbrook, Ringwald, Open Book, The Dio, Theatre NOVA, Performance Network, JET, Two Muses, Encore Musical Theatre Co., and others. Carrie also teaches private acting and singing lessons (www.CarrieJayStudio.com). Thank you to Adriane for this tremendous opportunity. Special thanks to her family, especially her dear husband Ben, and their wonderful children Logan and Paige, for their loving support.
"Male Greek Chorus"
Bio coming soon.
Linda Rabin Hammel
"Female Greek Chorus"
Bio coming soon.
Meet the Production Team
Adriane Galea is the Artistic Director of Outvisible as well as the Executive Director of its parent organization, Center Stage Studios, where she teaches voice, piano, and acting. Past stage credits: Cathy in The Last Five Years, Woman 1 in Songs for a New World, Li’l Bit in How I Learned To Drive (reading), and Mama Noah in Children of Eden. Select directing credits: Constellations, A Human Being Died That Night, Oleanna, Cagebirds (Wilde Award nomination, Best Teamwork), and Dog Sees God (Outvisible), Be A Good Little Widow (Open Book Theatre), and in addition to the wonderful shows she will be directing next season at Outvisible, she is overjoyed to return to Open Book next March to direct The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Adriane serves on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of Music and An Amazing Woman Foundation, and she is proud to hold Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan!
Harley Miah is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. Harley has designed lights for all of the shows at Outvisible since it's inception in 2016. He is also the resident lighting designer for the Open Book Theatre Company in Trenton, where he designed the lights for all the shows in Open Book’s shows and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design - Lights for his work on Red in 2015. When not working in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and seeing as many shows as he can in this great theatre community we have in Southeast Michigan. He hopes you do the same.
Cheryl Zemke is a Multi Award winning established fashion designer, owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design, and the Creator/Senior Editor of Dedicated Magazine. Cheryl was born and raised in southern Michigan, alumna of Lawrence Technological University BSBA, Associate degree from International Academy of Merchandising and Design and has been in business for herself since 2002. This is her first season as Costume Designer at Outvisible theatre and brings with her experience in fashion history and design. She has worked previously with Water Works Shakespeare in the Park and with Open Book Theatre in Trenton. Zemke produces her own successful fashion runway shows, and has participated at a featured designer in the best Metro Detroit area shows (like Fashion Massacre, Fashion in Detroit, Michigan Fashion Week, Walk, Michigan International Women’s expo, and RAINN). Her garment label, C3, sells at fashion sand artisan shows and by private appointments. You can follow her on Facebook/Instagram @c3fashions and @dedicatedmag, Twitter @cherylzemke, and website
Robert Schorr is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School where he received his MFA in Acting. Originally from California, he has a B.A. in Cinema from CSU San Francisco and is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Robert made his Michigan debut in the Open Book production of Good People and appears this summer in the Penny Seats production of The Renaissance Man. While in New York he appeared in productions of The Wild Duck, Three Sisters, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Laramie Project. Robert made his feature film debut in Heroes Don’t Come Home, available on Amazon Prime. He has also appeared in the original web-series Into Girl as Alice’s DadandRinger$ as Franklyn. He also appeared as Macy in the SVA short film, Gloaming Almost Invisible. Robert is the father of three wonderful children.