2.5 Minute Ride
April 20, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Written and Performed by Lisa Kron
Directed by Mark Brokaw
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Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride, first performed in New York in 1999, has been honored with Obie, Drama-Logue, and GLAAD Media Awards. In this solo performance, Kron reflects on her father’s life as she recounts a journey that she and her father made to Auschwitz, where all of his family had perished. Kron interweaves this narrative with stories of her Midwestern family’s visits to the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, where her father—who was by then legally blind—loved to ride the roller coasters. Written and performed by one of the most remarkable storytellers in the American theater, 2.5 Minute Ride is a poignant, funny, complex meditation on tragedy, grief, and family.
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Playwright and Performer
Lisa Kron’s (Playwright and Performer) work has been widely produced in New York regionally and internationally. Her plays include In The Wake (Lortel and GLAAD best play nominations, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist, included in Best Plays of 2010-2011); Well (2006 Tony nomination, included in Best Plays of 2003-2004); 2.5 Minute Ride (Obie, L.A. Drama-Logue and GLAAD Media Awards); and The Ver**zon Play (2012 Humana Festival of New Plays). She has received Guggenheim, Lortel, Lark, Sundance, and NEA/TCG fellowships, a Creative Capital grant, and Helen Merrill and Alpert Awards. Lisa is also a founding member of the Obie- and Bessie Award-winning theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers. As an actor she was recently seen in the Foundry Theatre’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechwan starring Taylor Mac, and at New York Live Arts playing dance critic Walter Terry in Richard Move’s Martha @... The 1963 Interview. Coming this fall: the premiere of Fun Home, a new musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, co-written with composer Jeanine Tesori and directed by Sam Gold at the Public Theater. Also at the Public this fall, Lisa will be appearing in a remounted production of the Foundry Theater’s Good Person of Szechwan, directed by Lear deBessonet. Lisa is on the playwriting faculty of the Yale School of Drama and serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Mark Brokaw (Director) Broadway: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Lyons, After Miss Julie, The Constant Wife, Reckless, Cry-Baby. New York premieres include works by: David Auburn, Lynda Barry, Douglas Carter Beane, Charles Busch, Julia Cho, Lisa Kron, Kenneth Lonergan, Craig Lucas, Nicky Silver, Paula Vogel, and Wendy Wasserstein. Regional includes The Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Center Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab, Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration, and the O’Neill Theatre Conference. He has directed at London’s Donmar Warehouse, Dublin’s Gate Theatre, and the Sydney Opera House. Mark is the Artistic Director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and an Artistic Associate at Roundabout Theatre.
Allen Moyer (Scenic Design) Broadway: The Lyons, Lysistrata Jones, After Miss Julie, Grey Gardens (Tony/Drama Desk nominations, Henry Hewes Award), Thurgood, The Little Dog Laughed, The Constant Wife, Twelve Angry Men. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theater); Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons); A Minister’s Wife, The New Century (Lincoln Center Theater); MTC, Roundabout, Second Stage. Opera: Metropolitan Opera (Orfeo ed Euridice, dir. Mark Morris), New York City Opera, Houston Grand, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Gotham Opera, Scottish Opera, and Ireland’s Wexford Festival. Also with Mr. Morris: Sylvia for San Francisco Ballet and Romeo and Juliet, on motifs of Shakespeare with the Mark Morris Dance Group. 2006 Obie for Sustained Excellence.
Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design) previously designed My Wonderful Day at Two River Theater. Off Broadway credits include Cactus Flower. Regional credits include: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse. Over the past 12 years Philip has served as associate lighting designer on over 35 Broadway plays and musicals.
Darron L West
Darron L West (Sound Design) is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work has been heard in more than 500 productions nationally and internationally. Other accolades include the 2012 Princess Grace Statue and Lortel, AUDELCO and Henry Hewes Awards. He is a founding member of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and former Resident Sound Designer for Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Dan Froot (Original Music) is a performance artist, writer, composer, dancer, and saxophonist. He received a New York Dance & Performance Award (a.k.a. BESSIE) for his music/theater work Seventeen Kilos of Garlic and a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship for his gangster-vaudeville, Shlammer. Dan’s music concerts, theater pieces, and performance events have been presented across the U.S. and overseas by leading art centers. He has composed numerous scores for dance and theater companies, and has taught performance workshops around the country. He is an Associate Professor at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures while he continues to create and tour his work.
Production Stage Manager
Rick Steiger (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: War Horse; Come Fly Away; The Royal Family; 13: A New Musical; Rock ‘N’ Roll; Frost/Nixon; Spring Awakening; The Woman in White; Caroline, or Change; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; The Wild Party; Epic Proportions; The Civil War; Titanic; Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. Off-Broadway: Bells Are Ringing (Encores), Mother Courage and Her Children, This Is How It Goes, Radiant Baby, On the Town.