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Mary-Louise Parker & David Morse to reunite for How I Learned to Drive on Broadway
The Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive begins performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 27, 2020.
Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker and Tony Award nominee David Morse, the original Off-Broadway stars of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece How I Learned to Drive, will reunite next spring for the play's Broadway premiere. The Manhattan Theatre Club production is set to begin previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 27, 2020, ahead of an official opening on April 22 and a limited engagement through June 7, 2020.
Synopsis: "How I Learned to Drive is a remarkably timely and moving memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life."
In addition, the pair of actors will reunite with the show's original director Mark Brokaw for the new production. Additional casting and creative team information will be announced at a future date.
Originally produced by the Vineyard Theatre in 1997, How I Learned to Drive was showered with critical acclaim and a plethora of awards. Alongside the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Vogel's drama won the Drama Desk Award and Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Play," the New York Drama Critics Award and Drama Critics Circle Award for "Best Play," the Outer Critics Circle Award for "Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play," and four Obie Awards, among others.
Ahead of How I Learned to Drive, Mary-Louise Parker will star in the Broadway premiere of The Sound Inside from September 14, 2019 through January 12, 2020 at Studio 54. Her Broadway credits include a 2001 Tony Award-winning performance in Proof, a 2005 Tony-nominated performance in Reckless, her 1990 Tony-nominated Broadway debut in Prelude to a Kiss, alongside roles in Bus Stop, Hedda Gabler, The Snow Geese, and Heisenberg. On screen, she has won a Golden Globe for her TV role on Showtime's "Weeds" and an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in HBO's "Angels in America."
David Morse was last seen on the Great White Way in his 2018 Tony-nominated turn as Larry Slade in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh and has previously appeared in 2007's The Seafarer and 1995's On the Waterfront. He has earned Emmy nominations for "John Adams" in 2008 and for "House M.D." in 2007 and his most notable film credits include "The Hurt Locker" and "The Green Mile."
Manhattan Theatre Club's 2019-2020 Broadway season also includes the American premiere of The Height of the Storm, starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins, this fall and the American premiere of My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Laura Linney, in the winter.
How I Learned to Drive is produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, Daryl Roth, Cody Lassen, and The Dodgers, in association with the Vineyard Theatre.
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