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Philadelphia Premiere!
The Long Christmas Ride Home

By Paula Vogel
Directed by Aaron Cromie

Mandell Theater | 33rd & Chestnut

October 29, 2009 - November 15, 2009    
Keith Conallen
Charlie DelMarcelle
Amanda Grove
Allison Heishman
Seth Reichgott
Janice Rowland

Chris Deter
Laurel Hostak
Katie Lynch
Natasha Metzger
Jason Mulligan
Will Poost
Rachel Semigran
John Turnbach

Set Designer
Craig Vetter

Costume Designer
Alisa Sickora Kleckner

Puppet Designer
Aaron Cromie

Sound Designer/ Composer
Christopher Colucci

Lighting Designer
Terry Smith

Stage Manager
Katie Ringwood
One snowy Christmas Eve three children and their parents take an ill-fated ride to grandmother's house. In The Long Christmas Ride Home past and present collide in the back of the family sedan. The play offers brief, illuminating glimpses of the children's future lives, but always comes back to that one fateful night, the claustrophobic car, and the moment a family shattered. Combining superb storytelling, music and puppetry The Long Christmas Ride Home explores the fragile and fraying bonds of family.

"The Long Christmas Ride Home collapses time and space into moments of disarming, and affecting, beauty... it is somewhat like gazing at stars: We feel their inspiration, as well as their sad distance from earth." - The New York Times.

Tickets $15.00 - $25.00

Contains adult themes and situations. Not suitable for children.



The Long Christmas Ride Home is presented in association with the Antionette Westphal College’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). MPiRP is supported in part by a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.


Special Events:
November 1 – Azuka in Residence
Join Aaron Cromie (Director & Puppet Designer) for a discussion about the art of bunraku puppetry and the creation process for this production. Members of the cast will be present to talk about their experiences in learning the art-form and bringing it to life.
November 8 – Azuka in Residence
Stay after the show for a brief conversation about the creation process for The Long Christmas Ride Home. Director Aaron Cromie will talk about the world of the play and his vision for this production.
November 12 – Post-show Conversation