long christmas ride home
"A SHIVER-MAKING EXPERIENCE! The most visually exquisite production of the season. Deeply affecting! Stirring and eloquent. Ms. Vogel and Mr. Twist demonstrate that puppets can mine elusive territory beyond the grasp of even the most accomplished actors." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"HAUNTING AND STUNNING! Full of adventurous theatricality. Basil Twist is in town again. Treasure his energy. Everywhere he goes, he creates new life." - Christopher Arnott, New Haven Advocate
By Paula Vogel
A breathtaking work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned to Drive and The Baltimore Waltz, in which a single, sudden act of violence shatters the lives of three siblings - and also unites them. This lyrical and haunting tale combines live actors and Bunraku style puppets to portray a love strong enough to reach beyond death to heal the inescapable legacies of childhood. Twist developed the puppetry for The Long Christmas Ride Home which received it's commissioning, development and world premiere at Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Company, under the direction of Oskar Eustis, in May 2003 and was subsequently presented at The Long Wharf directed by Oskar Eustis, in January 2004, who co-commissioned the work.
Twist then recreated the puppetry for a New York production that played at The Vineyard Theatre, October 15 - December 7, 2004, directed by Mark Brokaw, for which the production received 4 Lortel nominations including Best Play.