2.5 Minute Ride


2.5 Minute Ride is about author Lisa Kron’s relationship with her father, Walter, a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor who escaped Germany by Kindertransport in 1937 when he was 15 years old. The play recounts anecdotes of Kron family life: a grandmother with a house full of cosmetics because she felt sorry for the Avon lady; a brother who has to resort to looking for a Jewish wife on the internet; and her father who insists on an annual family trip to an amusement park in Ohio. But it’s a trip to Auschwitz Lisa takes with her ailing father that helps her better understand Walter’s personal history. Switching from the amusement park to the concentration camp, the play portrays Lisa Kron’s belief that “humor and horror are flipsides of the same coin.”
Format: Full-length comedy/drama
Cast Size: 1F
Running time: 70 minutes



The play has received an OBIE Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, L.A. Drama-Logue and GLAAD Media Awards and was named the best autobiographical show of 1999 by New York Press.

Original or Prominent Production: La Jolla Playhouse, 1996; Public Theater, New York, 1999; toured extensively to theaters including the American Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, the London Barbican and Theater Company Rinkogun in Japan.
Original Source Material: Autobiographic
Nationality of Author:
Original Language: English
Production Rights Holder:

Dramatic Publishing, U.S. and Canada only

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