Meet the cast of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE; Broadway previews start tonight
How I Learned to Drive officially begins performances tonight, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, ahead of opening night on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw, How I Learned to Drive is directed by original cast members Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Award winner, David Morse, Tony Award nominee , and Tony Award nominee Johanna Day, who will be joined by Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers.
The thrilling Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece How I Learned to Drive reunites the two original stars with their award-winning director for a new production. Tony Award® winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof) and Tony nominee David Morse (The Iceman Cometh) lead the cast of this remarkably timely and moving memoir about a woman who comes to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts his past, his present and his future life. Management is Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg).
Learn more about the cast bringing this show to Broadway!
Mary-Louise Parker (Li’l Bit)
Mary-Louise Parker recently won the 2021 Tony Award for her spectacular run as Bella Baird in Adam Rapp’s THE SOUND INSIDE on Broadway, and will next be seen on stage in the Broadway revival of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE , in a role she hails from -Broadway (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination). She can also recently be seen starring in the Netflix limited series COLIN IN BLACK & WHITE opposite Nick Offerman and directed by Ava DuVernay.
She also created roles in early productions: PROOF (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and New York Magazine Awards, T. Schreiber Award), PRELUDE TO A KISS (nominated for Tony Awards, Theater World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk nomination), HEISENBERG, THE SNOW GEESE, FOUR DOGS AND A BONE, BABYLON GARDENS and the US premieres of THE ART OF SUCCESS and COMMUNICATING DOORS. Her other theater credits include RECKLESS (where she earned her third Tony Award nomination), HEDDA GABLER, BUS STOP, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, UP IN SARATOGA, HAY FEVER, and others. She was a member of the Circle Rep Theater Company and a founding member of the Edge Theatre.
Television: WEEDS (Golden Globe Award, four additional nominations, three Emmy nominations, six SAG nominations), ANGELS IN AMERICA (Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Satellite Award), THE WEST WING (Emmy nomination), THE ROBBER BRIDE ( Emmy nomination) , MR. MERCEDES, WHEN WE RISE, BILLIONS, SUGAR TIME, SAINT MAYBE, A PLACE FOR ANNIE and others.
FILM: RED SPARROW, GOLDEN EXITS, RIPD, RED and RED 2, BEHAVING BADLY, PIPE DREAM, CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN, LONGTIME COMPANION, GRAND CANYON, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, NAKED IN NEW YORK, THE CLIENT, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, BOYS ON THE SIDE , TESTIMONY, THE FIVE SENSES SAVED!, ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES, RED DRAGON, LONE MAN, HOWLING and others.
Also a writer, Mary-Louise was a contributor to Esquire magazine for over a decade and has written for The New York Times, O magazine, Bullet, Bust, Hemispheres, The Riveter, In Style and others. His first book, Dear Mr. You, has been translated into several languages and is on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year list. The audiobook was nominated for Best Storytelling by the Audio Publishers Association.
David Morse received Emmy nominations for his roles in HBO’s ‘House’ and ‘John Adams’, and appeared in numerous TV shows including ‘Escape at Dannemora’, ‘Hack’, ‘Treme’, ‘True Detective”, Emmy nominated. “Foreigners” and “St. Elsewhere”. Morse’s film credits include The Green Mile (1999), 16 Blocks (2006), The Hurt Locker (2009), World War Z (2013), and Concussion (2015). A veteran of the stage, Morse was last seen on Broadway in the 2018 revival of The Iceman Cometh, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. His other notable stage performances include the 1984 Los Angeles production of Of Mice and Men; Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain, in which he originated the role of Lyman; An almost holy image of Heather MacDonald; the Broadway production of The Seafarer; the Off-Broadway production of The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin; and the original Off-Broadway production of How I Learned to Drive, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award and Obie Award. He can also be seen on Apple’s “The Morning Show”, HBO’s “The Deuce” and Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird”. He is represented by UTA, Kipperman Management and Katz, Golden & Rosenman LLP.
Johanna Day (Female Greek Choir)
Broadway: The Nap, Sweat (Tony Nomination), You Can’t Take It With You, August: Osage County, Lombardi, Proof (Tony Nomination). Theatre: Floyd’s (Guthrie) Peace for Mary Francis (New Group), Peter and Jerry (Second Stage – Drama Desk Nomination) Appropriate (Signature – Obie Award, The Lilly Award), Poor Behavior (Mark Taper), Realistic Joneses (Yale) , Choice (Huntington), The Rainmaker (Arena Stage – Helen Hayes Award), How I Learned to Drive (Vineyard). Television: Bull, The Good Fight, Madam Secretary (5 years recurring), For Life, New Amsterdam, The Blacklist, Escape at Dannemora, The Knick, The Americans, Masters of Sex. Film: Worth, The Post, Great Gilley Hopkins, How far she went, The Breatharian.
Alyssa May Gold (Greek Teen Choir)
Alyssa May Gold is thrilled that we’re all back in a theater to share a story, especially this one. Her acting credits include: Broadway: Arcadia; Off-Broadway: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (WP Theater/2nd Stage), Julius Caesar, Juliet + Romeo, The Maid’s Tragedy (Pocket Universe), Middle of the Night, Lemon Sky (Keen Company); Film/TV/Web: Rebel in the Rye, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Taking Woodstock, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “You Made It Worse” (which she also wrote/directed). Alyssa is the founder of Pocket Universe, a theater and film production company dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. BA: NYU Gallatin. MA: LAMDA. Proud member: the SMASHY team. @heylyssamay/@universepocket
Chris Myers (Male Greek Chorus)
Broadway debut. Selected New York Theater: BLKS (MCC), An Octoroon (Soho Rep; Obie Award), The Winter’s Tale (The Public), Whorl Inside A Loop (Second Stage), On The Grounds of Belonging (The Public), Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Park), War (LCT3), Song of Brownsville (LCT3). Regional selection: Henry IV (Shakespeare Center LA; with Tom Hanks), Fences (McCarter/Long Wharf; Dir: Phylica Rashad), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theater DC). TV: “Merry Happy Whatever” (Netflix), “The Resident” (FOX), “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon), “The Good Fight” (CBS), “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix; Dir: Spike Lee) , “The Breaks” (VH1). Training: Juilliard | chrismyersinc.com | Instagram: @chrismyersinc
Photo Credit: How I Learned to Drive, Manhattan Theater Club https://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2021-22-season/how-i-learned-to-drive/.