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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Department of Theatre Presents 'How I Learned to Drive' Feb. 15-19

Contact: Jeff Murphy
The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the drama "How I Learned to Drive" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel Feb. 15-19 in the university's James L. Highlander Theatre. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-18, with a 2 p.m. matinee planned for Feb. 19.

Tickets are available from the theatre box office in the theatre lobby, or by calling the box office at 660-543-8811. Admission is $12 for the general public, $10 for UCM staff, faculty, and senior citizens, with a $7 charge for students.  Children under the age of five will not be admitted.

Narrated through a series of bittersweet flashbacks, "How I Learned to Drive" is an honest, coming-of-age account of forgiveness, healing and growth – and how one can find light even from the unhealthiest of relationships. Sustaining humor and pathos at the same time, the play is sure to move your heart. This production is for mature audiences only.

"How I Learned to Drive" received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics awards for Best Play. Additionally, it earned Vogel an OBIE award and has been produced all over the world.

Vogel is currently the playwright in residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as an artistic associate at Long Wharf Theatre. Work in progress includes a commission for Yale Repertory based on "The God of Vengeance", a work in collaboration with director Rebecca Taichman, and a new play, "Jitterbugging and the War Effort." She is also the adjunct Eugene O’Neill Professor of Playwriting and chair of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama.

Vogel will be visiting the UCM campus in March through the auspices of the Meridith Harmon Sauer Guest Artist Series, with additional support from the UCM Center for Teacher and Learning. Vogel will conduct the Playwriting Boot Camp for a limited number of UCM students Friday through Sunday, March 9-11. The UCM community will be given the opportunity to take part in a “Q & A with Paula Vogel” session at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Highlander Theatre, followed by a reception at 1:45 p.m. in the theatre lobby.

For more information, contact the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance at 660-543-4020.