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Tony Award-Nominated HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Extends for Two Additional Weeks at Manhattan Theatre Club
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Manhattan Theatre Club

Announces Extension for

How I Learned to Drive


The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Broadway Premiere

Will Now Play Through Sunday, June 12

At MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are thrilled to announce that Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive will extend for two additional weeks of performances. The production will now play through Sunday, June 12 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47^th Street). The show is produced with Daryl Roth and Cody Lassen in association with the Vineyard Theatre.

How I Learned to Drive just received 3 Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Mary-Louise Parker), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (David Morse), and opened last month to critical acclaim:

“UNFORGETTABLE. If I could direct a scene representing WHY I LOVE THEATRE, it would look something like this: Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse delivering CRUSHING PERFORMANCES of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play to AN ENTHRALLED AUDIENCE."

-       Maya Phillips, The New York Times

“INCANDESCENT. See it for Parker, see it for Morse. How I Learned to Drive is the truth!”

-       Helen Shaw, New York Magazine

“UNSETTLING, DISARMINGLY FUNNY AND AS DEEPLY MOVING AS EVER. Parker and Morse give beautiful performances deepened by time.”

-       Greg Evans, Deadline

“The equally brilliant Parker and Morse are a PERFECT MATCH.”

-       Marilyn Stasio, Variety

How I Learned to Drive has also been recognized with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Special Achievement Awards for Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse, and Johanna Day; and Drama League Award nominations for Outstanding Revival of a Play, the Distinguished Performance Award (David Morse), and Special Acknowledgement of Mary-Louise Parker as a previous Distinguished Performance Award winner.

This 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 in 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. Also returning is original cast member and Tony Award nominee Johanna Day, who is joined by Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers. Directing is Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg).

The creative team for How I Learned to Drive includes Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design), Lucy Mackinnon (video design), Stephen Oremus (music direction & vocal arrangements), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach), and James Fitzsimmons (production stage manager).

How I Learned to Drive was originally produced by the Vineyard Theatre in 1997 and transferred to a commercial Off-Broadway production produced 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’ Circle Award for Best Play; Outer Critics Circle Award; OBIE Awards for David Morse, Mary-Louise Parker, Mark Brokaw, and Paula Vogel; Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Lead Actor, and Outstanding Lead Actress; Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play; and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play.

HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION

Manhattan Theatre Club will maintain its vaccine and masking mandates at its Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through the run of How I Learned to Drive. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and a valid I.D. will be required to enter the theatre. Masks must be worn at all times. For more specific information go to: manhattantheatreclub.com/protocols
TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets for How I Learned to Drive are available online at Telecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47^th Street).

MTC SUBSCRIPTIONS AND PATRON MEMBERSHIPS

To join MTC’s season of plays as a Subscriber or a Patron, call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050 or go to www.manhattantheatreclub.com

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

·       WEEKS OF MAY 10, MAY 17, MAY 24, AND MAY 31: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7PM; Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM.

·       WEEK OF JUNE 7: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PM; Friday and Saturday at 8PM; Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM; Dark Thursday.

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 more than four decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes, 27 Tony Awards, 40 Drama Desk Awards and 49 Obie 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). For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

Manhattan Theatre Club is committed to being an anti-racist organization that respects and honors all voices while upholding the values of community, equity, access, and belonging. We understand that the United States is a country founded on white supremacy and anti-Blackness, and that these belief systems are tightly woven throughout American arts and culture. We recognize MTC’s place within that history, and understand that uprooting biases requires ongoing work. To this end, we have been reviewing, and are continuing to review, our policies and practices in order to create an inclusive, anti-racist environment for our artists, staff members, and audiences. We wish to express solidarity with and gratitude towards those from historically oppressed communities whose voices have raised consciousness and encouraged action. We will continue to post regular progress reports on our website at manhattantheatreclub.com/edi

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

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

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