Sawtooth Productions and Laughing Stock will present a free reading of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play How I Learned to Drive as part of their ongoing series Monday July 1 at 7pm at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum. It will be the first performance ever in the upstairs Bailey Studio, boasting some of the best views of Baldy in the valley. Free wine and cookies will be served. The local cast includes Courtney Loving, Natalie Battistone, Richard Rush, Page Klune and Chris Carwithen. The reading will be directed by Jon Kane.
The play premiered on March 16, 1997, Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. Vogel received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. The story follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li’l Bit and her aunt’s husband, Uncle Peck, from her pre-adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest, and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.
“The work begins with a comic blitheness and detachment that immediately disarm. Then before you’re even aware of it, you’ve fallen into dark, decidedly uncomfortable territory, and it’s way too late to pull back.”
-The New York Times