Lisa Kron's 75-minute, OBIE Award-winning solo, 2.5 Minute Ride, ends its extended run at Off-Broadway's Public Theatre June 13. The show began performances March 17 and officially opened March 28 and was originally scheduled to end April 18, then May 9.
A spokesperson for the Public said Kron's memory piece -- which was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance -- must close June 13. Kron will join the other four of Five Lesbian Brothers for a revival of Brave Smiles at PS 122, June 18 27.
Ride weaves together a trio of life-inspired stories: Kron's visiting a concentration camp with her ailing father, attending a family wedding with her lesbian lover and spending time at Cedar Pointe, the Sandusky, OH, amusement park, where a "Mean Streak" rollercoaster takes her clan for a "2.5 minute ride." Kron's dad was taking nitrogen pills for a heart condition at the time of the visit. His philosophy about the Holocaust (in which his parents died): "If it weren't for the good fortune of being born a Jew, I might have become a Nazi."
Kron previously took her Ride to CA's Marin CenterStage, San Francisco's Magic Theatre and Rhode Island's Trinity Rep. As part of The Five Lesbian Brothers, Kron appeared in The Secretaries and Brides Of The Moon at New York Theatre Workshop. Recently, she returned to NYTW in Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.
Director Mark Brokaw, who for the past couple years can do no wrong, has directed such successes as This Is Our Youth, As Bees in Honey Drown, The Dying Gaul and How I Learned to Drive. For tickets and information on 2.5 Minute Ride call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Kenneth Jones
and Robert Simonson and David Lefkowitz