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How I Learned To Drive
Friday, September 14 & Saturday, September 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12 | All Ages
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4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97215
Asae Dean directs “How I Learned to Drive,” a coming of age play that slides back and forth between a southern 1960s girlhood and the present. The play is a dark love story of family, abuse, incest, and survival. Li’l Bit is our narrator and protagonist, a smart young woman working to come to terms with the love she feels for the uncle who abused her. Peck, her uncle, is an alcoholic war veteran who struggles to control his predatory urges.
The Greek Chorus that surrounds Li’l Bit and Uncle Peck embodies her memories of the family she felt disconnected from, the teenagers she found repulsive, and even a teenage boy whom she seduced while teaching. Vogel’s play connects this specific tale of desire and dysfunction to a broader cultural context that fetishizes youth.
The cast features Natalie Stringer as Li’l Bit and Tommy Harrington as Peck with Melanie Mosely, David M. Brown, and Elizabeth Garret playing The Greek Chorus. Asae Dean and Patrick Cox co-produce. Tobias Ryan serves as music director. “How I Learned to Drive” features live music both before and during the show.
Tommy Harrington makes his theatrical stage debut as Peck. Prior to studying acting, Tommy toured the United States as a rock and roll musician and directed short films and music videos. Tommy’s one man band “The Wanteds” is the subject of the documentary “The Wanteds: The Part of Rock and Roll They Never Tell You About.” While “How I Learned to Drive” is Tommy’s first production, he says “I’ve been onstage all my life and my heart definitely lies in the theater.”
“How I Learned to Drive” is the first show that director, Asae Dean, is producing independent of an established theater company. Asae just graduated with an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance this past May. Last summer she served as assistant director on “Ghost Light” at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She loves “How I Learned to Drive” because the play deals so honestly with the pain involved in loving and freeing oneself from someone who has hurt you. Those themes – love and freedom – make “How I Learned to Drive” a story to which anyone can relate.