The Santa Monica Repertory Theater will present Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive at the Santa Monica Little Theater, beginning Friday, Nov. 2 through Dec. 1.
The production will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., except for Thanksgiving weekend, when performances will be Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
How I Learned to Drive won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the Lucille Lortel award for outstanding play, the Drama Desk Award, and the Obie Award. Vogel also received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for literature in 2004.
The play explores the dynamic between Li’l Brit, a young girl coming of age during the 1960s, and her much-older Uncle Peck, who engages his “well-endowed” niece in an unsettling relationship while giving her driving lessons, said Santa Monica Rep Artistic Director Eric Bloom.
Although Li’l Brit’s feelings about her uncle are complex and conflicted, Peck is the only member of her dysfunctional family who understands and supports her. How I Learned to Drive is a funny, devastating and surprising tale of survival, Bloom noted.
Directed by Santa Monica Rep co-founder Jen Bloom, the cast stars Broadway’s Corey Brill as Uncle Peck, Barbara Jean Urich as Li’l Bit, and Brian Slaten, Shannon Esra and Yael Berkovich as the Greek Chorus.
Tickets are available on the website, General admission is $20, while student and senior tickets are $15. A special opening night price of $35 includes a post-show champagne toast and reception with the cast and creative crew.
The Santa Monica Little Theater is at 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Information, (310) 622-4482.