Esplanade Presents | The Studios: TRIP How I Learned to Drive

19 Apr 2024 (Fri) -
21 Apr 2024 (Sun)

$24.00 - $32.00

Esplanade Presents | The Studios: TRIP How I Learned to Drive

19 Apr 2024 (Fri) - 21 Apr 2024 (Sun)

Date and Time

19 Apr 2024 : 20:00 - 22:00

20 Apr 2024 : 15:00 - 17:00

20 Apr 2024 : 20:00 - 22:00

21 Apr 2024 : 15:00 - 17:00

Location / Links

Esplanade Theatre Studio (Level 4)

$24.00 - $32.00


Event Details

An Esplanade Commission

Director: Renee Yeong (Singapore)

Playwright: Paula Vogel (United States)

This is a story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel: ten years after leaving her childhood home in rural Maryland, Li'l Bit is back and ready to confront the traumas of her past. But how can she begin to heal?

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How I Learned to Drive follows the story of Li'l Bit, who was sexually abused by her Uncle Peck since she was 11 years old, while in the driver’s seat of a Ford Mustang with her uncle as her driving instructor. Her schoolmates and family were none the wiser—how could friendly neighbourhood Uncle Peck be capable of such a heinous crime?

Now, at age 30, Li'l Bit is finally ready to heal—in order to do that, she must revisit some of the key moments in her adolescence that have shaped and changed her, for better and for worse. These moments involve not just Uncle Peck, but also the people around her: schoolmates who bullied and sexualised her for her larger-than-average chest, her aunt, who blamed Li'l Bit for stealing her husband, and the waiter who stood by as Uncle Peck manipulated Li'l Bit to drink while underage. 

Wildly funny, surprising and ultimately devastating, How I Learned to Drive navigates the minefields of trauma, healing, survival and stolen childhood. It asks not just what happens to victims of abuse—but how society can be complicit in its occurrence.

A programme of TRIP—a platform to showcase work by early-career directors.

License managed by Harmonia Holdings, Ltd. under special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Ltd.

Admission Rule

Admission Rules of Esplanade:
Rating/Age Limit
- R18: Contains references to sexual assault and grooming of minors.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Ages 18 and above only.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 18 shall not be admitted.Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will be admitted during suitable breaks, if any.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No unauthorised photography, video and audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.Help Us Keep Everyone Safe
- Strictly no food & beverage allowed in the performance venues.
- Stay at home if you're unwell.

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