Past Productions

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. Paula Vogel’s new play is a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival, a sexual coming of age through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as seen through the provocative lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man.


Awards

Winners
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
New York Drama Critics Award – Best Play
Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Play
OBIE Award – Performance: David Morse
OBIE Award – Performance: Mary-Louise Parker
OBIE Award – Direction: Mark Brokaw
OBIE Award – Playwriting: Paula Vogel
Lucille Lortel Award – Outstanding Play
Lucille Lortel Award – Mark Brokaw, Outstanding Director
Lucille Lortel Award – David Morse, Outstanding Lead Actor
Lucille Lortel Award – Mary-Louise Parker, Outstanding Lead Actress
Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
Drama Desk Award – Outstanding New Play
Drama Desk Award – David Morse, Outstanding Actor in a Play
Drama Desk Award – Mark Brokaw, Outstanding Director of a Play
The Best Plays Theater Yearbook (1996-1997)
Nominations
Outer Critics Circle Award – David Morse, Outstanding Actor in a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award – Mary-Louise Parker, Outstanding Actress in a Play

How I Learned To Drive

February - April 1997

Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Mark Brokaw
With Johanna Day, David Morse, Kerry O'Malley, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Showalter
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. Paula Vogel's new play is a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival, a sexual coming of age through the 60's, 70's and 80's as seen through the provocative lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man.

Awards

Winners
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
New York Drama Critics Award - Best Play
Drama Critics Circle Award - Best Play
OBIE Award - Performance: David Morse
OBIE Award - Performance: Mary-Louise Parker
OBIE Award - Direction: Mark Brokaw
OBIE Award - Playwriting: Paula Vogel
Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Play
Lucille Lortel Award - Mark Brokaw, Outstanding Director
Lucille Lortel Award - David Morse, Outstanding Lead Actor
Lucille Lortel Award - Mary-Louise Parker, Outstanding Lead Actress
Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
Drama Desk Award - Outstanding New Play
Drama Desk Award - David Morse, Outstanding Actor in a Play
Drama Desk Award - Mark Brokaw, Outstanding Director of a Play
The Best Plays Theater Yearbook (1996-1997)
Nominations
Outer Critics Circle Award - David Morse, Outstanding Actor in a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award - Mary-Louise Parker, Outstanding Actress in a Play

Mark Brokaw

(Director) New York premieres include works by David Auburn, Lynda Barry (THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME), Douglas Carter Beane (AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN), Charles Busch, Julia Cho, Lisa Kron (2.5 MINUTE RIDE), Kenneth Lonergan (THIS IS OUR YOUTH, LOBBY HERO), Craig Lucas (THE DYING GAUL), Nicky Silver (THE LYONS, TOO MUCH SUN) and Paula Vogel (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME). Broadway: HEISENBERG, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, THE LYONS, AFTER MISS JULIE, THE CONSTANT WIFE, CRY-BABY, RECKLESS. Regional includes Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Center Theatre Group, Yale Rep, La Jolla, Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab and the O’Neill Theatre Conference. He has directed at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, Dublin’s Gate Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Mark is the artistic director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and serves on the Executive Board of SDC. Artistic associate: Roundabout Theatre.

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Johanna Day

(Aunt/Female Doctor/Intercom) Broadway: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, PROOF (Tony/Lucille Lortel Nom.) Other: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), QUALITY OFLIFE (Arena Stage), Ethan Coen’s ALMOST AN EVENING (Atlantic Theatre Co.) THE EVILDOERS (Yale Rep), Edward Albee’s PETER AND JERRY (Second Stage/Drama Desk Nom.), SATELLITES (NYSF), HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Vineyard Theatre/Original Cast), DISTRACTED (Mark Taper Forum), BLUE WINDOW (Manhattan Theatre Club), HELEN (NYSF), THE RAINMAKER (Helen Hayes Award), OLIVER PARKER! (The stageFARM). Film/TV: “Fringe”, “Law & Order” (“Trial By Jury”,“SVU” and “Criminal Intent”), “Judging Amy”, The Exonerated, Unbreakable, The Eternal Pedicure, Henry and The Trap.

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David Van Tiegman

(Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: THE LYONS, DOUBT, BORN YESTERDAY, ARCADIA, ELLING, THE NORMAL HEART, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, RECKLESS, INHERIT THE WIND, FROZEN, AFTER MISS JULIE, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, THE CONSTANT WIFE, THE CRUCIBLE, THE GOOD BODY, UNCLE VANYA. Off-Broadway: THE LYONS,THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE, FARRAGUT NORTH, WIT, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE GREY ZONE, DISTRACTED, THE HOUSE IN TOWN, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, THE PARIS LETTER, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, JACK GOES BOATING, AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN. Film/TV: Buried Prayers, Working Girls, “Penn & Teller.” Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Steve Reich. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. Internet: www.vantieghem.com.

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Original casts of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and THE DYING GAUL return to The Vineyard

The Vineyard Theatre -- currently celebrating its 30th anniversary season -- will present one-night-only “reunion” readings this summer with the entire original casts of two of the most acclaimed productions in the company's history:  on Monday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m., Linda Emond, Cotter Smith, Tim Hopper and Robert Emmet Lunn

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