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How I Learned To Drive Paula Vogel Online Script Pdf

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel: A Review and Analysis

How I Learned to Drive is a play by American playwright Paula Vogel, first staged in 1997. It won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as other awards such as the Obie Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. The play explores the complex and controversial relationship between a teenage girl and her uncle, who sexually abuses her while teaching her how to drive. The play uses a non-linear structure, flashbacks, and multiple narrators to reveal the psychological effects of the abuse on both characters.


The play is divided into five parts, each with a driving-related title: "Reverse," "Neutral," "Drive," "Park," and "Speedometer." The main character, Li'l Bit, narrates her story from different points of view and different stages of her life, from childhood to adulthood. She also interacts with other characters, such as her mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and classmates, who are all played by two actors called Male Greek Chorus and Female Greek Chorus. The only other character on stage is Uncle Peck, who is both Li'l Bit's abuser and mentor.

The play deals with themes such as family, sexuality, gender roles, power dynamics, guilt, shame, and trauma. It also challenges the stereotypes and assumptions about incest and pedophilia, showing the complexity and ambiguity of the characters' emotions and motivations. The play does not condemn or justify the abuse, but rather invites the audience to empathize with both Li'l Bit and Uncle Peck, and to understand how their relationship affects their lives.

The play has been praised for its originality, humor, sensitivity, and courage. It has also been criticized for its controversial subject matter and its portrayal of the abuser as a sympathetic figure. The play has been adapted into a film in 2014, starring Elizabeth Banks as Li'l Bit and David Strathairn as Uncle Peck.

If you are interested in reading the script of the play, you can find it online in PDF format from various sources. One of them is [the Internet Archive], where you can download or read the script for free. Another source is [the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute], where you can find an excerpt of the script along with some discussion questions. You can also buy the script from [Google Books], where you can preview some pages before purchasing.

How I Learned to Drive is a powerful and provocative play that explores a taboo topic with honesty and compassion. It is a challenging but rewarding read that will make you think and feel deeply about the issues it raises.

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