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Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
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Quotes & Highlights

“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.

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