KNOW Theatre director, actors react to latest production “How I Learned to Drive”

"How I Learned to Drive" comes to KNOW Theatre Friday, June 10.
"How I Learned to Drive" comes to KNOW Theatre Friday, June 10.(WBNG 12 News)
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 11:39 PM EDT
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CITY OF BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - “It won a Pulitzer Prize. The writing is just incredible. Every moment in the play is in the play for a reason,” said Director Samantha Rose as she reflected on the latest production to come to KNOW Theatre. “How I Learned to Drive” is coming to the Broome County site this Friday.

“This play is a woman’s voice and it really does need, you know, a female as they said in the driver’s seat behind it,” said the director.

The main character goes by the nickname L’il Bit. Actor Anna Simek represents the lead in the memory play.

“So it’s really my character going through the events of an abusive relationship with a family member, her uncle,” said Simek. “It’s her reflecting on that relationship, the events surrounding it, trying to kind of make sense of what has happened and who’s to blame, and trying to come out on the other side and have a little control over her life.”

Joe Hoffmann will being portraying Uncle Peck in the production, L’il Bit’s uncle. “Trying to shake off everything that I just put myself through that was something I really wasn’t prepared for,” said Hoffmann.

The pair’s complex relationship addresses the rather taboo topics. “It’s going to spark some interesting conversations and I think it’s going to create a lot of awareness about how things like this happen and how we can be more alert to them,” said Hoffmann.

“For those who may have experienced something like L’il Bit’s experience first-hand or for those who know somebody or love somebody who has gone through what L’il Bit has gone through, I hope that seeing her story and seeing her take control of her story gives them some kind of comfort and hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” said the director.

To see the drama for yourself from June 10 to June 26, head to this website.

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