by Lisa Kron
directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
performed by Veronika Duerr
In association with the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation
As part of the National Jewish Theatre Foundation's Remembrance Readings for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), MRT will be offering a free reading of the play 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron (Tony Award-winning playwright of Fun Home).
Tickets are free but reservations are requested. Call the Box Office at 978-654-4678 or reply online.
In 2.5 Minute Ride, playwright 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.