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Russell Sage Play and Discussion Explore Tough Issues
   February 12, 2004


TROY, N.Y. - Next week, Russell Sage College's Creative & Performing Arts department will present the controversial 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, How I Learned to Drive, written by Paula Vogel.

Directed by John Romero, How I Learned to Drive is a socially relevant play dealing with the harsh realities of sexual abuse, alcoholism, family dysfunction and sexual identity. Set in Maryland, the story exposes unwelcome seductions that can happen anywhere from a river bank to the front seat of a car, where a young, self-conscious girl is learning to drive.

Postperformance Panel to Discuss Abuse

A panel of three featured speakers will lead a discussion following the play and answer audience questions. The panel will include Jean Poppei, associate professor of Psychology at Russell Sage College; John Romero, director of the production and veteran actor/teacher with the New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI); and Jacqui C. Williams, director of education with the New York State Coalition against Sexual Assault.

Performances will take place in the James L. Meader Little Theater on the RSC campus in Troy. Performance dates are February 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m., and February 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free to Sage faculty, staff, and students with college ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the Creative & Performing Arts Box Office at (518) 244-2248.

About The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges was founded in 1916 and comprises Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y., and the coeducational Sage Graduate School and Sage College of Albany. The Sage Colleges is a member of the Associated New American Colleges, a group of small- to medium-sized comprehensive private colleges and universities dedicated to integrating liberal and professional studies.

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