Death of a Driver

An American engineer moves to Kenya to build a road and befriends her charismatic African driver. When a dispute over a local election lands him in jail, she questions the integrity of their alliance and wonders how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Death of a Driver is a bracing examination of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and...
An American engineer moves to Kenya to build a road and befriends her charismatic African driver. When a dispute over a local election lands him in jail, she questions the integrity of their alliance and wonders how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Death of a Driver is a bracing examination of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide.
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Death of a Driver

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  • Greg Hovanesian:
    3 Feb. 2019
    Death of a Driver is truly mesmerizing. The people who inhabit its pages seem so real that it’s as if the reader can smell the dirt on their shoes, can taste the beer they’re drinking. It touches on so many subjects, and addresses so many issues, and yet, at its heart this play is about relationships, friendship, and people. It’s beautifully moving, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for several hours after I finished reading it.
  • Cassie Stokes-Wylie:
    13 Sep. 2018
    This is a play that makes you debate your own opinions, your own political stances, and your own sense of right and wrong. The two characters are so smart, charismatic, and passionate, it's difficult to know on whose side you fall at any given time. A brilliantly crafted, muscular script with exciting production possibilities.
  • Donna Hoke:
    11 Sep. 2018
    Will Snider has such a wonderful voice--it keeps you engaged throughout because it *seems* breezy and simple, but oh, is it deceptively so! Snider packs a lot into seemingly simple conversation, hits all the right nuance, and doesn't waste an exchange. DEATH OF A DRIVER will stay with you, as a good play should.

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Finalist
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L. Arnold Weissberger Award
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Williamstown Theatre Festival
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2016