Pulitzer-Winning How I Learned to Drive Opens in NYC Feb. 13; Elizabeth Reaser and Norbert Leo Butz Star

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
13 Feb 2012

Elizabeth Reaser and Norbert Leo Butz
Elizabeth Reaser and Norbert Leo Butz
Joan Marcus

The new Off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, her dark Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age play, opens Feb. 13 following previews from Jan. 24 at Second Stage Theatre. The cast features "Twilight" star Elizabeth Reaser as a teen at risk, with two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, Kevin Cahoon, Jennifer Regan and Marnie Schulenburg.

Kate Whoriskey (Ruined) directs. This is a limited engagement to March 11.

Butz won Tonys for his work in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. Emmy Award nominee Reaser appeared in "Twilight" and "Grey's Anatomy." Read the Playbill magazine feature about the revival.

According to Second Stage Theatre, How I Learned to Drive "explores the complex relationship between Li'l Bit (Reaser) and her Uncle Peck (Butz), as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker. Told with surprising wit, Paula Vogel's acclaimed play is returning to New York City for the first time since its world premiere 15 years ago."

Reaser earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in the drama "Sweet Land," and also received an Emmy nomination for her guest spot as Ava on "Grey’s Anatomy." She is matriarch of the Cullen clan in the popular "Twilight" films.

Elizabeth Reaser



Cahoon appeared in The Wedding Singer and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway and The Foreigner Off-Broadway; Regan was in Broadway's Born Yesterday; Schulenburg was heard in "24-Hour Musicals."

Butz's other Broadway credits include Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked (original cast, Fiyero), Thou Shalt Not (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations) and Rent. Off-Broadway credits include Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout) and Saved (TFANA).

Vogel's plays include The Baltimore Waltz, Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, The Oldest Profession, And Baby Makes Seven, Hot 'N Throbbing, The Mineola Twins, The Long Christmas Ride Home and Civil War Christmas, among others.

Performances play Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). For tickets or more information, visit www.2ST.com.