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UWFox Theatre Presents ‘How I Learned to Drive’

[This page is preserved for historical and reference purposes only.  The information contained on it may no longer be current.]Cast - MJ Marsh (standing) and Susan Rabideau (seated)

The Pulitzer Prize winning play, “How I Learned to Drive,” is being performed in the Fine Arts Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley on November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, at 7:00 p.m., and on November 17 at 2:00 p.m.  The play, written by Paula Vogel, is being produced and directed by Susan Rabideau, UWFox theatrical director and associate professor of communication arts.

Author Vogel tells the tale of a woman whose adolescence was sculptured through the tutelage of her uncle.  Speaking from the driver's seat, the audience is artfully steered through the author narrator's life, including various episodes of her coming-of-age in the 1960s which are full of humor, nostalgia, and heartbreak.

Members of the cast include Rabideau (of Kaukauna), Kazimar Dunbar (Appleton), MJ Marsh (Appleton), Laurie Fannin (Hortonville), Amy Kooiman (Appleton), Tom Bloy (Appleton), and Pat Fails (Menasha).

In commenting on the play, Rabideau said, “I love complicated plays. Everyone says issues are black and white. Unfortunately, when people are involved there’s a lot of gray. Those gray areas give us topics to talk about.”

Marsh observed, “This is by far one of the most complicated stories to tell an audience. And yet, it pales in comparison to the complications of the issue at hand. People need to be aware of the dangers of inactivity.”

“If this show sends the audience home with a lot on their minds, it did its job,” Kooiman said.

“How I Learned to Drive” contains mature subject matter.

Tickets prices are $9:00 for regular admission; $7:00 for students; and $5.00 for UWFox students. Information about the production and ticket sales is available by contacting Rabideau at 832-2857 via email susan.rabideau@uwc.edu.

Posted 10/30/2007