How I Learned to Drive

Written By Paula Vogel
Directed by Kayla Adams

Jeff Nominated For Best Performer!


 The Artistic Home will continue its 2017-18 season with Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, to be directed by The Artistic Home’s Associate Artistic Director Kayla Adams. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, which premiered in 1997, was a Pulitzer Prize winner and a pioneering drama for its examination of pedophilia and sexual abuse of women. It follows a young woman, named L’il Bit, from age 11 to age 18 and her friendship and sexual affair with her uncle.
THE NEW YORK TIMES said, "Ms. Vogel has written a lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories." The VILLAGE VOICE reported "…HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a tremendous achievement, genuine and genuinely disturbing…"

Featuring: Elizabeth Birnkrant,  Jenna Steege, Kelley Holcomb and Artistic Home ensemble members, Reid Coker and John Mossman. 

Performance Schedule

Performances: March 25- May 6 2018
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

The Artistic Home is on street level with curb to seat assistance upon request. There are seats that don’t require climbing stairs and an accessible restroom. We will also call you a taxi for the trip home and have large print programs, also upon request. For requests please email:


Location: 1376 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

“As directed by Kayla Adams, the Artistic Home’s production, starring John Mossman and Elizabeth Birnkrant as Peck and Li’l Bit, is intense and devastating, shocking, and human.”
— Irene Hsiao, The Reader, 3/27/2018
“This clean, pared-down production of “How I Learned to Drive” is storefront theater at its best, and it has much to teach the bigger houses about what is and is not necessary to satisfy and edify an audience.”
— Hugh Iglarsh, NewCity, 04/03/2018
“Uncle Peck, appearing to be strong and supportive, is eerily played by The Artistic Home co-founder John Mossman. He is a Southern gentleman, recovering alcoholic, with occasional glimpses of frustration, slick yet sensitive in an engaging way, as he masterfully manipulates and grooms his prey.”
— Elaine Coorens, Our Urban Times, 04/05/2018