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A heartbreaking tale of shattered innocence

How_i_learned_to_drivePaula Vogel won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama for How I Learned To Drive, a play that was produced by both New Theatre in Coral Gables and the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton the following year.

Now students at Broward College are reviving the play, a harrowing and involving study of how a sexually abusive alcoholic steals his young niece's innocence.  Li'l Bit, played by Connie Fernandez, goes out with her Uncle Peck (Jonathan Varillas) for "driving lessons," beginning when she's just 11.  Their complicated, incestuous relationship goes on and on, like the miles stretching before Li'l Bit on her road to safety and maturity.

The play runs through Nov. 2 in the Fine Arts Theatre (on the second floor of Bldg. 6) at Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Rd. in Davie.  Performances begin tonight, with shows at 8 p.m. Thurday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $10 ($5 for students and seniors).  For information, call 954-201-6842.