A photo of the playwright Deborah Yarchun
by Deborah Yarchun
In-person: Monday, October 10, and Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Available online: Thursday, October 20 – Wednesday, October 26

A community of truckers in Iowa are forced to shift gears when they lose their jobs to self-driving trucks. When Gloria becomes the only trucker in town still employed, resentments begin to surface. Tensions escalate as they grapple with a mystery: Haygen, a driver with close ties to all of them, has disappeared. Set in a future not far down the road, Drive explores our fears for the future and what happens when individuals defined by their work are forced to reevaluate what drives them.

From playwright Deborah Yarchun: “I was inspired to write Drive by my fears and fascination with what the next level of automation will do to us as a society. I’m grateful for the opportunity to dive deeper into the characters’ relationships and the rhythm of the play in person at the Playwrights’ Center and to share it with an audience (especially in the Midwest, where the play is set).”


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The Funders of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

The funders of the Ruth Easton New Play Series
Actress Ruth Easton (nee Edelstein) was born in North Branch, Minnesota and graduated from North Branch High School. She attended the University of Minnesota for one year and the following year attended Macalester College before finishing her collegiate career at Cumnock School in Los Angeles. She went on to New York where she studied acting with Oliver Morosco. Mr. Morosco opened a stock theater company in upstate New York where Ms. Easton starred in several plays. After performing with other stock theater companies she returned to New York City where she appeared in five Broadway plays over a period of seven years. They included Exceedingly Small, Privilege Car, Town Bay, Buckaroo and Charlie Chan. Exceedingly Small was directed by Ethel Barrymore and Easton played opposite Eric Dressler. New York critics praised her performance as “thoroughly touching” and “highly spirited and excellent.” She starred in radio dramas on the Rudy Vallee Hour and the Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour opposite such actors as Walter Huston, Judith Anderson and Lionel Barrymore. She also appeared with Clark Gable, Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson during the course of her career. Ms. Easton’s legacy, her commitment to theater and the development of new works continues through the charitable gifts made by the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.