2.5 Minute Ride
by Lisa Kron
directed by Elaina Di Monaco
featuring Leah Walton
In 2.5 Minute Ride, Lisa Kron invites her audience on a roller coaster ride through the Kron family album. Rising and falling between high hilarity and deep disquiet, Kron demonstrates with disarming simplicity that humor and horror can share the same human moment.
The play switches back and forth between Kron's journey to Auschwitz with her septuagenarian father, a Holocaust survivor; her Michigan family's annual pilgrimage to a Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park; and her brother's marriage to his Internet bride. By moving seamlessly between these three diverse recountings, Kron creates a complex and at times startling meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life.
"It’s hard to imagine [Lisa Kron] could have endowed this seriocomic love letter to her German-Jewish father with any more elegance or conviction than Leah Walton is doing at Norristown’s Theatre Horizon."
– The Inquirer; Julia M. Klein
""I’m putting my hand on my father’s life,” she says near the end of the play. Under the skilled guidance of Walton and Di Monaco, that hand
clasps a beating heart."
– Broad Street Review; Cameron Kelsall
"Di Monaco never lets Walton rely solely on her fast-talking charm; it’s in the show’s moments of stillness and poignant reflection that it’s most resonant."
– DC Metro Theatre Arts; Tim Dunleavy
"[2.5 Minute Ride is] intense, humorous and also searing in the current production at Theatre Horizon in Norristown... a sterling performance by Leah Walton."
– WHYY; Howard Shapiro
Artistic Director Kathryn MacMillan
Stage Manager Chelsea Sanz
Production Design Sara Outing
Lighting Alyssandra Docherty
Sound Larry Fowler
2.5 Minute Ride was produced by Theatre Horizon as a part of their 2017/18 Season in Norristown, PA