Storytelling, Music and Puppetry - The Long Christmas Ride Home
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The last date listed for The Long Christmas Ride Home was Sunday December 31, 2006 / 7:00pm.
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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Featured review from Rob from DC
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Good writing by Paula Vogel. The integration of music and sound effects is wonderful. At times, the story is funny and other times tragic. The cast, especially the actor who play the grandmother/grandfather (and several other characters) as well as the actor who plays Stephen as an adult are both quite good. The puppets are very expressive and add an interesting element to the telling of story. A minor flaw: It was disappointing that there was no clear outcome for the parents. Lastly, while this may sound like a "Christmas" story, you should not be confused and bring children.
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“A shiver-making experience! Enough to make even die-hard agnostics believe, at least for a moment, in the mystical powers of drama.” —New York Times
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Serge Seiden
The play offers brief, magical glimpses of the children’s future lives, but it always returns to that one fateful night, the claustrophobic car, and the moment a family shattered.
With The Long Christmas Ride Home, Paula Vogel has created a theatrical event of unique and lasting power. The Studio Theatre’s production features Bunraku-style puppetry, live samisen music, lush visuals drawn from traditional Japanese woodblock art, and a rich, theatrical staging. The play spirals outward from the violent events of one night, exploring their effects over the course of twenty years. The three children at the heart of the play-Stephen (Kevin Bergen), Rebecca (Tonya Beckman Ross) and Claire (Kate Debelack)-first appear as puppets, manipulated by the actors who will play their adult selves. Two narrators (Laura Gianarelli and Paul L. Nolan) frame the action and play the children’s troubled, longing parents.