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1 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel Winner of the Putlizer Prize for Drama, 1999

2 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel Talking Points  The structure of the play: unstuck in time, flashbacks  The Greek Chorus—see p. 2264: Vogel on plays as democracy  The plot--reconstructed  The characters:  Li’l Bit  Peck  Grandmother  Mother  Big Papa  Allusions  Music  Cars: Buick Riviera, Cadillac Eldorado, Chevy Bel Air, Cars and Sex: e. e. cummings, “she being brand”  Literature and Film: Alice Liddell, Lolita, Emma/Clueless, Dangerous Liaisons  People: Hugh Hefner and Playboy, George Wallace, Gregory Peck, Kate Smith,

3 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel The Original Li’l Bit Mary-Louise Parker

4 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel The Original Uncle Peck David Morse

5 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

6 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel Music References  Roy Orbison, “Sweet Dreams”  Beach Boys, “Little Surfer”  Shirelles, “Dedicated to the One I Love”  Sam Cooke, “You Send Me”  Five Satins, “In the Still of the Night”  Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, “This Girl is a Woman Now”; “Come Back When You Grow Up”  Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass  Carl Orff, Carmina Burana

7 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel Buick Riviera

8 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel Cadillac Eldorado

9 How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel 1956 Chevy Bel Air

10 cummings, “she being Brand” she being Brand -new;and you know consequently a little stiff i was careful of her and(having thoroughly oiled the universal joint tested my gas felt of her radiator made sure her springs were O. K.)i went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her up,slipped the clutch(and then somehow got into reverse she kicked what the hell)next minute i was back in neutral tried and again slo-wly;bare,ly nudg. ing (my lev-er Right- oh and her gears being in A 1 shape passed from low through second-in-to-high like grasedlightning How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

11 cummings, “she being Brand” just as we turned the corner of Divinity avenue i touched the accelerator and give her the juice,good (it was the first ride and believe i we was happy to see how nice she acted right up to the last minute coming back down by the Public Gardens i slammed on the internalexpanding & externalcontracting brakes Bothatonce and brought allofher tremB -ling to a:dead. stand- ;Still) How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

12 Poussion, Rape of the Sabine Women (1634)

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