A married woman walks into a bar... to reclaim a piece of her past. Can she put an old lover to rest and reinvent herself, or is this a ghost story destined to be repeated?
"Such an unusual play. Very skillfully crafted.... Beautifully written sexual encounter. The writer bore her soul. She knows the grasp that love can have. Like being possessed by a mysterious, exciting energy of the other." New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2017 Finalist
Reviews of Linda's work: "Breathtaking, poignant, and lovely, LEARNING TO DRIVE should be a strong contender for the industry's attention and interest... A spiritual and chronological successor to nostalgic feature masterpieces like THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and ALMOST FAMOUS, LEARNING TO DRIVE is an accomplished, market-ready script ...." Learning to Drive - feature length screenplay by Linda Manning The Black List, Featured Script 2015 Grand Prize Winner - StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest 2013
“Yes, Linda Manning can make this stuff up and indeed it does not get much better than this well-constructed play...." [Bite the Apple] David Roberts, Chief Critic, Theatre Reviews Limited, New York, NY
"The ensemble of actresses are remarkable, particularly the evocative and nuanced performance by Manning. Bite the Apple is a smart script with intricate dialogue and beautiful language...." Joseph Samuel Wright, Theatre Is Easy, New York, NY
"Writer-performer Linda Manning gives us a fiercely intelligent and sexual Charlotte Brontë.... The writing delicately renders the conflict between family responsibility and the artist's calling, between romantic yearning and the realities of married love." Do Something With Yourself! - full length play The Village Voice, New York, NY
"This wonderfully quixotic piece by Linda Manning explores the struggles Charlotte faced, including her own stifling romantic ideals. With a striking level of skill and versatility," TimeOut New York, New York, NY
"The Invisible Theatre Company’s adaptation of the classic tale is strikingly fresh, thanks to playwright Linda Manning’s bold vision.... Manning had a dynamic presence .... Deftly handling the madness that lies at the heart of Poe’s tale, Manning oscillated from a petulant little girl, to a proper young lady, to a disturbing sexual force.... The amount of humor that Manning has incorporated into the script, without compromising its horror, is one of its greatest accomplishments.” Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher The Off-Off-Broadway Review, New York, NY