L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum is getting two old Paula Vogel hands to anchor its upcoming production of How I Learned to Drive. Molly Ringwald, who played Li'l Bit in the Off-Broadway production of the Pulitzer-Prize winning drama, will repeat her performance at the Taper. Brian Kerwin, who was Uncle Peck in the Intiman Theatre's Drive in Seattle, will play opposite her, again as Peck.
Mark Brokaw, who first helmed the play at the Vineyard Theatre in New York, returns to restage the work. Since first mounting Drive, he has directed Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul and the acclaimed, long in-coming return of Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth.
A memory play, Drive tells the complex, moving tale of the complicated, incestuous relationship between a young Southern girl and her uncle.
Ringwald is primarily known for her film work in the John Hughes youth films "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club." Aside from Drive , her stage credits include Horton Foote's Lily-Dale. Kerwin has appeared on the New York stage in The Little Foxes at Lincoln Center and Raised in Captivity at the Vineyard.
For information on Drive, running Feb. 13-April 4, 1999, call (213) 628-2772. -- By Robert Simonson