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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One of the city's favorites, Helen Hayes Award-nominated actress Katie McManus, returns to the… More
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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.