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January 27, 2009

UMBC Presents Lisa Kron

The Tony Award Nominee to Perform 2.5 Minute Ride

February 7, 2009
UMBC Theatre

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

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Lisa Kron by Joan MarcusUMBC presents Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron in her play 2.5 Minute Ride on Saturday, February 7, at 8 pm in the UMBC Theatre. 2.5 Minute Ride is written and performed by Lisa Kron, directed by Mark Brokaw, with lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Darron L. West and original music by Dan Froot.

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.

"In 70 wildly funny and terrible minutes, (Kron) demonstrates with disarming simplicity that humor and horror can share the same human moment... one of the most tender and discerning family tragicomedies in recent memory."
--Linda Winer, New York Newsday

"Kron is rivetingly present-tense, pulling you right into the whirl of emotion behind her liberal and figurative ride: the amusing terror that can be borne juxtaposed with the unamusing terror that can't be."
--Johanthan Kalb, New York Press

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer of pieces that inhabit the gray area between theater and performance art. Her plays create a conversation with an audience that is simultaneously a conversation happening in real time and a carefully constructed theatrical event. Her work is constructed of juxtaposed anecdotes which at first seem random but ultimately create a cohesive picture which sends the audience back into the world with a slightly altered set of perceptions. Though her plays are based on autobiographical material, the effect is universal. The work resonates with questions, desires and fears that lead the viewer into their own journey. Each piece is a framework into which the audience can imagine themselves.

$15 general admission; $10 students and seniors.
Tickets are available through MissionTix at or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950.

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Posted by tmoore at January 27, 2009 11:07 PM