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Sarah Gitenstein in The Long Christmas Ride Home.

The Long Christmas Ride Home

Photo credit: KBH Media

By Paula Vogel

Directed by Josh Sobel

Season 28

Oct 30, 2015–Dec 12, 2015

Past, present, and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve when a family’s car spins out of control following a disastrous holiday dinner. Josh Sobel directs a hauntingly beautiful play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that deftly charts the personal trajectories that are forever altered by a single, fateful night.

★★★ “… very touching and quite wise little show that has lived in the front of my head for the past few days.”—Chicago Tribune

RECOMMENDED Chamber-theater-style storytelling and bunraku-inspired puppets contribute to the comic, tragic, honest beauty of this unorthodox yuletide tale, sensitively rendered in Josh Sobel’s staging for Strawdog Theatre.”—Chicago Reader

★★★★ There is an unexpected tenderness in this production that appears over and over, seemingly from nowhere.”—Time Out Chicago

People who would like this show are people who like cool puppets, sad but hopeful stories, and presents from the trash. I think that people should definitely go see this show. I thought it was very interesting, fun, and lovely. It is a very dark but funny Christmas story.”—Ada Grey Reviews For You


Ed Dzialo

Ed Dzialo

as Man

Sarah Gitenstein

Sarah Gitenstein

as Rebecca

Sam Hubbard.

Sam Hubbard*

as Stephen

Kristen Johnson

Kristen Johnson

as Claire

Loretta Rezos

Loretta Rezos

as Woman

John Taflan

John Taflan

as Minister

Creative Team

Paula Vogel

Josh Sobel

Madisen Dempsey
Assistant Director

Sarah Goeden*
Assistant Director

Mike Mroch
Set Design

John Kelly*
Light Design

Michelle Underwood
Projection Design

Stephanie Diaz
Puppet Design

Jamie Karas
Props Design

Jeffrey Levin
Sound Design

Alexa Berkowitz
Stage Manager

Raquel Adorno
Costume Design

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member