HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at MTC starring Mary-Louise Parker & David Morse, Spring 2020
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:43 pm EDT 08/13/19


Lynne Meadow   Barry Grove


Daryl Roth   Cody Lassen   The Dodgers

in association with

Vineyard Theatre



By Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel


Tony Award winner

Mary-Louise Parker

Tony Award nominee

David Morse

Directed By

Mark Brokaw

Previews Begin Friday, March 27, 2020

Opening Wednesday, April 22, 2020

At MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway

Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) and Daryl Roth, Cody Lassen, The Dodgers in association with the Vineyard Theatre are thrilled to announce the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, with original stars Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse, directed by Mark Brokaw.

How I Learned to Drive will begin previews on Friday, March 27, 2020 prior to a Wednesday, April 22, 2020 opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47^th Street).

The thrilling Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece How I Learned to Drive reunites the two original stars with their award-winning director for a new production. Tony Award^® winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof) and Tony nominee David Morse (The Iceman Cometh) head the cast of this remarkably timely and moving memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life. Directing is Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg).

How I Learned to Drive was originally produced by the Vineyard Theatre in 1997, and transferred to a commercial Off-Broadway production by Daryl Roth and Roy Gabay. It opened to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play; Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play; OBIE Awards for David Morse, Mary-Louise Parker, Mark Brokaw, Paula Vogel; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Lead Actress; Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play; Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play.

Additional casting and the design team will be announced at a later date.

As previously announced, MTC’s 2019-2020 productions will include the American premiere of The Height of the Storm, written by Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller (The Father), translated by Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and directed by Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Jonathan Kent (Long Day’s Journey into Night), starring Olivier and Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon, “Game of Thrones”) and Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins (Doubt, The Retreat From Moscow); and the American premiere of My Name is Lucy Barton, written by Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge), adapted by Rona Munro (The James Trilogy), and directed by Richard Eyre (The Crucible, Notes on a Scandal), starring Laura Linney (Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, “Ozark”) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway; the world premiere of Bella Bella, written and performed by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina, Torch Song, Hairspray) and directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced, The Niceties); the world premiere of The Perplexed, written by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Assembled Parties) and directed by MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Cake, The Assembled Parties, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife); and the co-world premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen (Vietgone) and directed by May Adrales (Vietgone) at New York City Center – Stage I; and the world premiere of The New Englanders by Jeff Augustin (Little Children Dream of God) and directed by Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds), and the world premiere of The Best We Could (a family tragedy), written by Emily Feldman (We’ve Come To Believe) and directed by Daniel Aukin (Fool For Love, Skintight) at New York City Center – Stage II.


Joining MTC’s season of plays is easy! Just call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. Single tickets for How I Learned to Drive will go on sale on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 35” program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 35 and under, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under35/

·       FRIDAY, MARCH 27 – SUNDAY, MARCH 29: Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm.

·       TUESDAY, MARCH 31 – SUNDAY, APRIL 5: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

·       TUESDAY, APRIL 7 – SUNDAY, APRIL 12: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm;Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

·       TUESDAY, APRIL 14 – SUNDAY, APRIL 19: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

·       TUESDAY, APRIL 21 – SUNDAY, APRIL 26 (week of opening): Tuesday at 7pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Opening night curtain time will be announced at a later date.

·       TUESDAY, APRIL 28 – SUNDAY, MAY 3: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 1pm (Educational Matinee); Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

·       TUESDAY, MAY 5 – SUNDAY, MAY 24: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm.

·       TUESDAY, MAY 26 – SUNDAY, JUNE 7: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7pm; Friday, Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes and 27 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47^th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55^th Street). Renowned MTC productions include INK by James Graham, Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living by Martyna Majok; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney and The Piano Lesson; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

Daryl Roth holds the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: the original commercial production of How I Learned to Drive in 1997; Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. The proud recipient of 12 Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, her over 120 productions include Kinky Boots, 6 years on Broadway and around the globe (London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany); Gloria: A Life; Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; and Paula Vogel’s Indecent. www.DarylRothProductions.com

Cody Lassen, along with producing partner Alex Wyse, aim to bring fresh voices and moving stories to Broadway. Select credits: What The Constitution Means To Me, Paula Vogel's Indecent, The Band's Visit (Tony Award), Torch Song, Significant Other, Deaf West's Spring Awakening. Upcoming: The first revival of Titanic, The Flamingo Kid, based on the Garry Marshall film, Alice By Heart, by Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater & Jessie Nelson, Some Lovers, by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater and the digital series Indoor Boys (Indie Series Award.) Learn more at www.LassenWyse.com

THE DODGERS, A theatrical producing partnership hatched in 1978. Responsible for over 175 productions in North America, UK, Europe and Australasia, they have been blessed by a host of awards from Broadway’s Tonys (56), London’s Oliviers, Australia’s Helpmanns and the like. Recent Broadway: Jersey Boys, Matilda, Bronx Tale, Summer. Their offices are in Times Square and Covent Garden.

VINEYARD Theatre (Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Artistic Directors; Suzanne Appel, Managing Director) is one of America’s preeminent homes for the creation of new plays and musicals, dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists. Notable premieres include Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize) and Indecent (two Tony Awards), Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women (Pulitzer Prize), Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical), The Scottsboro Boys, [title of show], Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Harry Clarke, Wig Out!, The Lyons, Gloria, Do You Feel Anger?. The Vineyard is the recipient of special Drama Desk, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Awards for Sustained Excellence.   www.vineyardtheatre.org


Mary-Louise Parker (Li’l Bit) will return to Broadway this fall for Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside (which she originally appeared in at the Williamstown Theater Festival) and next spring will be seen in the Broadway revival of How I Learned to Drive, in the role which she originated off-Broadway (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination). She also originated roles in the first productions of: Proof (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and New York Magazine Awards, T. Schreiber Award), Prelude to a Kiss (Tony Award nomination, Theatre World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk nomination), Heisenberg, The Snow Geese, Four Dogs and A Bone, Babylon Gardens and the American premieres of The Art of Success and Communicating Doors. Her other theater credits include Reckless (for which she earned her third Tony Award nomination), Hedda Gabler, Bus Stop, The Importance of Being Earnest, Up In Saratoga, Hay Fever, and others. She was a member of Circle Rep Theater Company and a founding member of the Edge Theater. Television: “Weeds” (Golden Globe award, four additional nominations, three Emmy nominations, six SAG nominations), “Angels in America” (Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Satellite Award), “The West Wing” (Emmy nomination),  “The Robber Bride”(Emmy nomination), “Mr. Mercedes,” “When We Rise,” “Billions,” “Sugar Time, “Saint Maybe,” A Place for Annie” and others. Film: Red Sparrow, Golden Exits, R.I.P.D, Red and Red 2, Behaving Badly, Pipe Dream, Chonically Metropolitan, Longtime Companion, Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Naked in New York, The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, Boys On the Side, Reckless, The Five Senses Saved!, Romance & Cigarettes, Red Drgaon, Solitary Man, Howl and and others.  Also a writer, Mary-Louise was an on-staff contributor at Esquire Magazine for over a decade, and has written for The New York Times, O Magazine, Bullet, Bust, Hemispheres, The Riveter, In Style, and others. Her first book, Dear Mr. You, was translated into multiple languages, and included on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of best books of the year. The audio book was nominated for best narration by the Audio Publishers Association. 

DAVID MORSE (Uncle Peck) received Emmy® nominations for his roles on “House” and HBO’s “John Adams,” and has appeared in numerous television series, including Emmy-nominated “Escape at Dannemora," “Hack,” “Treme,” “True Detective,” “Outsiders,” and “St. Elsewhere." Morse’s film credits include The Green Mile (1999), 16 Blocks (2006), The Hurt Locker (2009), World War Z (2013), and Concussion (2015). A stage veteran, Morse was most recently seen on Broadway in the 2018 revival of The Iceman Cometh, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. His other notable stage performances include the 1984 Los Angeles production of Of Mice and Men; Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain, in which he originated the role of Lyman; Heather MacDonald’s An Almost Holy Picture; the Broadway production of The Seafarer; the Off-Broadway production of The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin; and the original Off-Broadway production of How I Learned to Drive, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award®. He can next be seen in Apple’s “Morning Show," HBO’s “The Deuce," and Showtime’s "The Good Lord Bird.” He is represented by UTA, Kipperman Management, and Katz, Golden & Rosenman LLP.

PAULA VOGEL (Playwright) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include INDECENT (Tony Award Nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize, Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, OBIE, and New York Drama Critic’s Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas.  She is currently working on three new projects, including Cressida On Top (recently workshopped at CTG and the Goodman), and a new play commissioned by CTG and Second Stage. Lifetime achievement awards include:  American Theatre Hall of Fame Award, the Obie Award, and NY Drama Critic’s Circle Award.  She is honored to have three awards dedicated to emerging playwrights in her name: The American College Theatre Festival's Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the Paula Vogel Award given annually by the Vineyard Theatre, and the Paula Vogel Mentor’s Award by Young Playwrights of Philadelphia.  Her plays are published in six volumes by TCG Press and she teaches playwriting workshops throughout the United States and abroad.  www.paulavogelplaywright.com

MARK BROKAW (Director). Broadway credits include Simon Stephen’s Heisenberg (starring Mary-Louise Parker), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Nicky Silver’s The Lyons (starring Linda Lavin), Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie (starring Sienna Miller and Jonnie Lee Miller), The Constant Wife (starring Lynne Redgrave), Reckless (starring Mary-Louise Parker) and Crybaby.  Other New York credits include the Signature revival of Jesus Hopped the A Train, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and How I Learned To Drive (starring Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse), Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero (Playwrights Horizons) and This Is Our Youth (starring Mark Ruffalo, New Group), Douglas Carter Beane’s As Bees In Honey Drown (Drama Dept.), Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride (NYSF/Public Theater) and The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas (Vineyard Theatre). Most recently, Mark directed the world premiere of Isamil Khalidi and Naomi Wallace’s stage adaptation of Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), and Ashman and Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors (starring Joshua Radnor & Megan Hilty) for the Broadway Center Stage Series at The Kennedy Center. Currently, he is directing Beth Henley’s Lightning (or The Unbuttoning) at New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Theater. Artistic Director, Yale Institute for Music Theatre (2009-2017); current SDC Executive Board member and SDC Foundation Trustee.

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