How I Learned to Drive Production Information
Cast and Crew information, including bios, for the University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts production of Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, directed by James R. Tompkins.
How I Learned to Drive
Director - James R Tompkins
Scenic & Lighting Designer - Michael Hottois
Costume Designer - Zhanna Goldentul
Music Direction - Kate Holland
Cast of Characters
(in order of appearance)
Li'l Bit - Blair Boyd
Uncle Peck - Obadiah Ewing-Roush
Female Greek Chorus I - Cara McHugh
Male Greek Chorus - David Miller
Female Greek Chorus II - Lauren Street
Female Greek Chorus I plays mother, Aunt Mary and High School Girls
Male Greek Chorus plays Grandfather, Waiter and High School Boys
Female Greek Chorus II plays Grandmother, Singer and High School Girls
The action takes place in Maryland and South Carolina from 1962 through 1982
There will be no intermission and anyone leaving will not be allowed back into the theater.
Blair Boyd (Li’l Bit), LaGrange, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. Past productions at UofL include Voice #2 in Betty’s Summer Vacation and Denise in As You Like It. Past credits elsewhere include Francis Black in Light Up the Sky at Little Colonel Playhouse, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, and Abigail in The Crucible, all at Oldham County High School. She is also a 2009 graduate of the Governor’s School for the Arts.
Obadiah Ewing-Roush (Uncle Peck), Nashville, TN, is a third-year MFA student in Performance and a member of the UofL Repertory Company. Previous productions at UofL include various roles in The Laramie Project, Adam in As You Like It, Simon Legree/Abe Lincoln in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse, and Polonius in Hamlet. Past credits elsewhere include Abolitionist/Overseer in Voice of the Fugitive in Louisville, KY, Arthur in Love! Valor! Compassion! and Matt in Talley’s Folly, both in Nashville, TN. This is his thesis performance.
Cara McHugh (Female Greek Chorus), Memphis, TN, is a first-year MFA student in performance. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Trudy in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Dorine in Tartuffe, Julie in Miss Julie, and Spirit in Tooth & Nail, all at Murray State University.
David M. Miller (Male Greek Chorus), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Past productions at UofL include Soldier Paul Stieglitz in Soldiers Circle and David Attenborough in Time Flies (Studio Theatre). Past credits elsewhere include Midas/Narrator in Metamorphoses, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Narrator in Shattered Pieces, all at Jefferson Community and Technical College.
Lauren Street (Teenage Greek Chorus), Nashville, TN, is a first-year MFA student in performance. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credit elsewhere include Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Naked Stages in Nashville, TN, Estelle in No Exit at Middle Tennessee State University, Romaine Patterson in The Laramie Project at Bear Hollow Dinner Theatre, and Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Black Box Theatre in Clarksville, TN. She also completed an internship with The Flying Fig Theatre Company in New York, NY in 2007.
James Tompkins (Director) earned his BA from Lake Forest College, his MA from the University of Washington, and received a two year grant from the French government to study at L'Ecole Jacques LeCoq. He has taught at the Academy of Dramatic Art, Ohio State, leading theatre schools in London, the National School of Drama, New Delhi, India, as well as the National Academy of Performing Arts and the National College of Arts in Pakistan. His professional acting credits include The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A Contemporary Theatre, The Provincetown Playhouse, and The Louisville Children's Theatre. He wrote and directed his own Commedia dell'Arte plays for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and his The Seven Labors of Arlecchino toured last year with UofL’s Repertory Company.
Sarah Mawhinney (Stage Manager), Placentia, CA, is a junior English major. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credit elsewhere include Choreographer for Annie Get Your Gun and Assistant Choreographer for West Side Story, both at the Tri-School Theater, Anita in West Side Story and Enlalie Shinn in Music Man, both with the Biola Players.
Gina Vito (Assistant Stage Manager) Louisville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. She recently appeared in various roles in The Laramie Project and was the Assistant Stage Manager for The Colored Museum.
Michael F. Hottois (Scenic & Lighting Design) is the resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Theatre Arts Department. He has recently designed scenery for The Colored Museum; A Song for Coretta; Betty’s Summer Vacation; Soldiers Circle; Hamlet; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches; Cage Rhythm; Interrogating the Nude, and many others. Over the past few summers he designed Always, Patsy Cline; All Shook Up; The Producers; Ain’t Misbehavin’; and No, No, Nanette for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York. His credits as a scenic artist include the films Boris and Natasha and Closetland, as well as Soul of the Game for HBO. Michael is also a member of United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.
Zhanna Goldentul (Costume Design) is the resident Costume Designer for the Theatre Arts Department. Her recent designs for the department include The Colored Museum, The Laramie Project, A Song for Coretta, Come Down Burning, Titus Andronicus, Cage Rhythm, Romeo and Juliet, Blithe Spirit, In The Blood, and many others. She is a graduate of the Theatrical Art College in Moscow and earned her MA in Fine Arts from UofL. She has designed costumes at Stage One: Louisville Children’s Theatre, and is a member of the United Scenic Artists' Union, Local 829.
Catherine Lee (Assistant Costume Design) is a junior Theatre Arts major. Previous production credits at UofL include Assistant Costume Designer for The Laramie Project and A Song for Coretta and Wardrobe Crew for Hamlet and Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse.
Stage Manager - Sarah Mawhinney
Assistant Stage Manager - Gina Vito
Technical Director - Garry Brown
Associate Technical Director/Scene Shop Foreman - Charles A. Nasby
Scenic Construction - Hunter Allen, Patrick Bayne, Kelly Anne Bunch, James Coomer, Logan Dorne, Deanna Gillispie, Eric Goldschmidt, TA 240 Stagecraft I
Production Buyer - Billy Flood
Costume Shop Manager - Melissa Shepherd
Assistant Costume Designer - Catherine Lee
Costume Construction - James Coomer, Jessi Eichberger, Amanda Hinds, Christine Leidner, Frances Lewis, Kendra Potts, Hannah Pruitt
Wardrobe Head - Frances Lewis
Wardrobe Crew - Leigh Nieves
Properties Manager - Kathryn Blackburn
Properties Crew - Lauren Camargo
Master Electricians - Ashley Beck, Nick Potter
Lighting Operators - Theodora Collins
Sound Engineer/Operator - Tommy Neville
Box Office Manager - Melanie Henry
House Manager - Frances Lewis
Acknowledgments - Phoenix Lighting and Sound
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