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How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel



Two Time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ) and Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, Grey's Anatomy) will co-star in Second Stage Theatre's upcoming revival of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive, directed by Kate Whoriskey.

How I Learned to Drive will open at the Second Stage Theatre on 13 Feb 2012, following previews from 24 Jan 20122, and run through to 11 Mar 2012.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How I Learned to Drive explores the complex relationship between 'Lil' Bit' (Reaser) and her 'Uncle Peck' (Butz), as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker.

How I Learned to Drive is being revived in New York City for the first time since its world premiere production by the Vineyard Theatre at the Century Center For The Performing Arts where it ran from 6 May 1997 through to 19 Apr 1998.

The premiere production was directed by Mark Brokaw and starred Mary-Louise Parker as 'Li'l Bit' and David Morse as 'Uncle Peck.' The production won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards for Best Play.

Bio's:

Norbert Leo Butz won Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for 'Catch Me If You Can' and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' His other Broadway credits include 'Enron,' 'Speed-the-Plow,' 'Is He Dead?,' 'Wicked' (original cast, Fiyero), 'Thou Shalt Not' (Tony nomination) and 'Rent.' Off-Broadway credits include 'Fifty Words,' 'Buicks,' 'The Last Five Years' (Lucille Lortel nomination), 'Juno and the Paycock' (Roundabout), 'Saved.' His film credits include "Greetings From Tim Buckley" (2012), "Disconnect" (2012), "The English Teacher" (2012), "Higher Ground" (Sundance Film Festival 2011), "Fair Game" and "Dan in Real Life." Television work includes his starring role in the series "The Deep End" (ABC); the pilots "The Miraculous Year" (HBO) and "Playing Chicken" (FOX); the mini-series "Comanche Moonâ" (CBS); "The Good Wife"(CBS) and "CSI" (CBS), "Law & Order-Criminal Intent" (NBC).

Elizabeth Reaser earned a 2007 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in the drama, 'Sweet Land,' and also received an Emmy nomination for her guest spot as 'Ava' on "Grey's Anatomy." Reaser is well known for her role as the matriarch of the 'Cullen clan' in the "Twilight films," including the upcoming "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," which will open nationwide on 18 Nov 2011. Stage credits include 'The Winter's Tale' at Classic Stage Company, 'Top Girls' at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, 'A Freeman in Paris,' 'The Hologram Theory,' 'Blackbird '(London's Bush Theatre), 'Stone Cold Serious' (ART), 'Closer' (PCS), 'Sweet Bird of Youth' (La Jolla), 'Tatjana in Color' (CATF) and O'Neil Playwrights 'Conference.'

Paula Vogel's plays include 'The Baltimore Waltz,' 'Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief,' 'The Oldest Profession,' 'And Baby Makes Seven,' 'Hot N Throbbing,' 'The Mineola Twins,' 'The Long Christmas Ride Home' and 'Civil War Christmas. They have been performed at the Vineyard Theatre, Lortel Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Circle Repertory in New York, and regionally at The American Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Center Stage and Alley Theatre, among others. 'The Baltimore Waltz' won the Obie Award for Best Play in 1992.

Kate Whoriskey directed the acclaimed off-Broadway and Chicago productions of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Ruined' (Drama Desk, Lortel and Jeff Award noms). Other New York credits include 'The Miracle Worker' (Broadway), 'The Piano Teacher' (Vineyard Theatre), 'Fabulation' (Playwrights Horizons) and 'Massacre... '(LAByrinth Thheater Company).

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