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Stages at CCC Presenting Paula Vogel's 'How I Learned to Drive'


Stages at Camden County College will examine the issues of sexual abuse and survival when it presents Paula Vogel’s funny, surprising and devastating play “How I Learned to Drive” for six performances in March.

“How I Learned to Drive” focuses on the troubling yet comfortable relationship between a young girl called Li’l Bit and her uncle, showing how she learns the rules of both the road and life itself from behind the wheel. The play won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“It’s a very challenging and rewarding play to direct,” noted Professor Marjorie Sokoloff of Pitman, who is helming the production. “Its ambiguity is what makes it a master work.”

Melissa Connell of Voorhees stars “Li’l Bit,” and Actors’ Equity Association Guest Artist Brooke Behmke of Philadelphia is portraying “Uncle Peck.” Completing the cast are James Collins of Sicklerville, Ashley Reimer of Clementon and Melissa Rittman of Sicklerville.

Rittman also did the costumes for the production. Stage manager is Brittany Burns of Sicklerville. Set design is by Don Swenson of Pitman, and lighting design is by Joan Currall of Philadelphia.

Performances of “How I Learned to Drive” will be given at 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 and at 3 p.m. March 3. They will take place in The Little Theatre, which is located inside Lincoln Hall on CCC’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and CCC students, faculty and staff with valid identification. A special rate of $8 is available for individual members of groups totaling 20 or more. Due to adult content, viewer discretion is strongly advised.

To reserve tickets or for additional information about the production, contact Stages at Camden County College by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or via e-mail at

Published: February 28, 2013