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Photo Flash: First Look at Raven Theatre's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

Raven Theatre continues its 2018-19 season with Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle. This artful, surprising and often-funny memory play that explores how we are shaped by the people who hurt us will play February 7 - March 24, 2019 on Raven's 99-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Monday, February 11 at 7:30 pm.

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE features Jeff Award-nominated actress Eliza Stoughton as Li'l Bit, with Kathryn Acosta, Julian Hester,Katherine Bourne Taylor and Mark Ulrich.

Rural Maryland, 1960s. From behind the wheel of a Chevy '56, a woman named Li'l Bit navigates the tangled boulevards of her adolescence, reflecting on her complex and troubling relationship with her family. But old secrets and fresh discoveries abound as she struggles to accept her past and the demons that live there.

Comments Raven Theatre Artistic Director Cody Estle, "Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned To Drive is as relevant today - if not regrettably more so - as it was in 1997 when the play premiered Off-Broadway. The play involves a woman looking back on a relationship with her uncle and her family during her adolescent years, which reveals a story all too common then and now. The #MeToo movement has shed light on the persistence of men using their positions of power to assault women sexually. This play is a reminder that this uncomfortable topic demands acknowledgment, conversation and action. Without such, how can we hope to stop the assault? I'm looking forward to presenting this revival of a powerful piece of writing by a titan of the American theatre."

The production team for HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE includes: Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), Theresa Ham (costume design), Becca Jeffords (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design), Abigail Cain (props design), Tony Churchill (projections design), Rachel Flesher(intimacy director), Kathy Logelin (dialect coach), Stephen Johnson (dramaturg), Lynn Baber (casting director), Chris Farrell, Jr. (assistant director), Kristen Johnson (associate director), Ian Liberman (assistant costume designer), Colin Kovarik (assistant sound designer), Eileen Rozycki (scenic artist), Cole von Glahn (production manager), Brian Sprague (technical director), Andy Kloubec (master electrician), Mara Sagal (stage manager) and Wilhelm Peters (assistant stage manager).

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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