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UMaine production offers powerful, disturbing drama

The power of live theater is undeniable; the stage allows for a visceral urgency that simply cannot be duplicated in any other medium. While disturbing and taboo subjects can be tackled by all forms of artistic expression, nothing captures them with the same level of immediacy that the theater does.

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ORONO - The University of Maine School of Performing Arts theatre department opens their 2012-13 season with the award-winning play 'How I Learned to Drive,' written by Paula Vogel. The play opens on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre. Additional performances are Oct. 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. , Oct. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 25 at noon. Tickets are $15 (or free with a student MaineCard) and are available online at http://www.umaine.edu/spa or at the door.

The play follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.

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