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The Long Christmas Ride Home
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"Brilliant . . . even more ambitious than Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" . . . it covers more ground and is bolder in its storytelling. Vogel's language is at its most poetic, eloquent and elegiac. In fact, its vivid imagery rivals the prose style of any great American short story writer. The play sounds like it might have been adapted from a beautiful, undiscovered novella."-"New Haven Register"

"One of the most absorbing evenings of theatre to come along in some time."-"Variety"

Past and present collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this beautifully written play proves that magic can be found in the simplest breaths of life. Combining the elements of No theatre and Bunraku with contemporary Western sensibilities, Vogel's "Ride" is a mesmerizing homage to the works of Thornton Wilder, including "Our Town," A moving and memorable study of the American family careening near the edge of oblivion.

Paula Vogel's plays include "The Baltimore Waltz," "Mineola Twins," "Hot 'n' Throbbing," "Desdemona," "And Baby Makes Seven," among others. Ms. Vogel will be the resident playwright during the Signature Theatre's 2004???05 season dedicated to her works. She has taught at Brown University in the MFA playwriting program since 1985.

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* Sold out run at Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence, R.I. * Vineyard Theatre, New York, NY * Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT * More productions scheduled

About the Author

Paula Vogel is the author of The Baltimore Waltz and other plays and The Mammary Plays, which includes How I Learned to Drive, seen in the West End with Helen McCrory in 1998 and won Vogel the Pulitzer Prize. Both volumes available from NHB. Most of her plays deal satirically with aspects of sexual politics. She has directed the MA playwriting programme at Brown University and is enormously respected in the American playwriting community.

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"'One of the most absorbing evenings of theatre to come along in some time' Variety"

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