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Auditions for the Spring Production of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel

How I Learned to Drive Poster

Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

  • Sunday, January 26th, 2014 (Crew Interviews start at 6pm; Auditions start at 7:00PM) OR
  • Monday, January 27th, 2014 (Crew Interviews start at 6pm; Auditions start at 7:00PM)
  • Location for both nights of auditions is the STUDIO THEATRE here on campus
  • Call-backs will be held on Tuesday, January 28th @ 7:00pm.

Performance dates:

  • Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 AND
  • Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • 7:30pm each evening; except for Sunday, April 13 at 2:00pm
  • Studio Theatre, Level 1, PAC, here on campus


Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, takes an un-flinching look at “the gifts we receive from people who hurt us,” according to Vogel. The play’s protagonist, Li’l Bit, “received the gift of how to survive,” from a surprising source. Through a non-linear series of emotional, and often times funny flashbacks and recollections, Li’l Bit takes the audience on a ride that explores how a family, a culture, and a society contributed to an inappropriate relationship. This thrilling ride has been described by Dramatists Play Service as “a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man.”

3 w; 2 m

Li’l Bit………………………………………A woman who ages 40 something to 11 years old.

Peck…………………………………………Attractive man in his 40s (some flexibility in age possible)

The Greek Chorus (Casting May Be Flexible) (A Minimum of 3 Actors)

  • Male Greek Chorus:  Plays Grandfather, Waiter, High School Boys
  • Female Greek Chorus: Plays Mother, Aunt Mary, High School Girls
  • Teenage Greek Chorus: Plays Grandmother, High School Girls, and the voice of 11-yr-old Li’l Bit

Production Team

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Dathan Powell

Media/Images: Brytton Bjorngaard

Costume Designer: TBA

Lighting Designer: TBA

Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Managers, Dramaturg, costume crew, dressers, props master, running crew, etc…: TBA

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) are asked to attend one night of crew interviews at 6:00pm, fill out a crew application, and indicate area of interest backstage. The production team will take a few moments to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.


Please fill out an audition form when you arrive prior to 7:00pm. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks, and have fun! Prepared monologues and resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.

UIS Theatre invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for offstage work in one of our upcoming productions.

Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production