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Theatre Production Preview of
How I Learned to Drive
Caitlin Griffin, Staff Writer
It’s that time of year again!
Everyone involved in the Meredith
College Theatre Department has
spent many weeks preparing the
spring show: playwright Paula
Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive.
According to director Steven Roten,
this Puljtzer Prize-winning' play
(1998) follows the humorous but
gripping life drama of main charac
ter Lil’bit as she matures to adult
hood under the constraints of a
less-than-perfect family and the too-
close attention of her pedophiliac
Uncle Peck. Related to the audience
through non-linear flashbacks, the
play chronicles a series of driv
ing lessons in which Uncle Peck
teaches Lil’bit how to drive. The
audience will be able to emotionally
connect with Lil’bit as she shares
many humorous memories from her
personal past, ranging from family
dysfunction to the awkward middle
school years and the pains of ado
When questioned about
how the play’s specific theatrical
genre, Roten e>q)lains, “The show
is a comedy that deals with very
serious subject matter. I \vas taught
‘make ‘em laugh and then shove tlie
truth in’; although this is a comedy,
the subject matter, including the
protagonist’s uncle’s pedophilia, is
The main actors in the
play are Sara Croninger as Lil’bit
and Marc Brown as Uncle Peck.
Lauren Moore, Julie Kate Cooper,
and Allan Maule also star, form
ing the Greek Chorus and acting -
as assorted members of the family
and the community throughout the
During the interview. The Herald
asked Roten to elaborate on his
favorite part of directing How I
Learned to Drive. He replied, “My
favorite experience thus far has
been exploring this beautiful and
messy piece of theatre. Its form is
masterful, and at times the play
wright makes a socially-awkward
situation very funny. The beautiful
ly-drawn characters are, however,
the biggest draw to the work. Vogel
creates fully three-dimensional
characters that don’t offer easy
answers to the questions that the
So what does the produc
tion team anticipate that the gen
eral public will achieve by attending
the show? Roten shares his per
sonal hope “that the audience walks
away from the performance with
a feeling that ‘everything will be
Sara Croninger in How I Learned to Drive
alright,’ that through hardship and
the ugliness that life can throw your
way, we can learn from everything
that we encounter and grow from
How I Learned to Drive will
run April 13-18,2010, in the Studio
Theatre underneath Jones Audi
torium, with 8:00 pm shows April
13-17 and an afternoon matinee at
3:00 pm on April 18. Tickets ire free
for all Meredith faculty, staff, and
students. Public tickets cost $10 for
adults and $5 for students and se
niors. To reserve tickets, call the Box
Office at 760-2840 or email them at
Love and Other Angel Antics m What’s Up In Raleigh
Summer time is just around the corner (I promise it.s coming!), and we all
know summer days are the perfect backdrop for falling in love or rekin
dling what ive already have. Here is a list of fun, eutc, and simple ways to
enjoy the sweet company of your significant other.
1. Go for a walk at dusk through the city, on a beach, or in the woods.
The temperature will be just perfect, and you will catch a sunset!
2. Learn a new' hobby together such as kite flying or fishing. Trying new'
things together is a great way to bond and grow together.
3. Grab a GPS, jump in the car, drive, get lost somew'hcre, and use the '
GPS to get you back to your original destination. Don't do an%1:hing too ^
crazy or dangerous!
4. Take a random road trip to an obscure place you never thought you -
5. Go to a local performer’s concert. There won't be many people, but i
the atmoshphere created at these shows is absolutely priceless, and the '
music is always great.
The list of summer date ideas could go on and on, but the.se are just a few
suggestions. Most importantly, adore each other's company enjoy every
.second you spend together! And if you don't liavc a sw eetie for the sum-
, don't be down on \ ourself, do all of these with your best friend!
4/2/2010 - 5/7/2010, STACKS & SPILLS by artist James Henkel at Artspace
4/7/2010, History Corner: Making Music at the NC Museum of Histoiy
4/9/2010, Green Frame: An Exposition in Reclaimed Materials at the
4/10/2010, R-LINE Gourmet Food Tour, Dow’utown Raleigh
4/10/2010, Raleigh Civic Symphony Chamber Players: New Deal Music, NC
Museum of Histoiy
4/10/2010, Bluegrass & Barbeque, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
4/10/2010 - 4/18/2010, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Memorial
Auditorium at Progress Energy Center
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