The Parent Plays are Coming!
By Taberah Joy Holloway
Diversionary Theatre presents The Kron Repertory opening February 9th and running until March 19th. Lisa Kron (pronounced crone) is the Tony-award winning playwright behind the musical Fun Home. Diversionary is presenting two of her works, 2.5 Minute Ride and Well, on alternating nights. The Kron Repertory could be titled the Parent Plays. The plays are autobiographical depictions of Lisa Kron’s relationship with her her father (2.5 Minute Ride) and mother (Well).
2.5 Minute Ride is a one-woman show weaving together multiple storylines, a visit to Cedar Point amusement park, a Jewish wedding, and a trip to Auschwitz. The alternating storylines bring levity and depth, humor and heart-touching moments. The reference to 2.5 Minute Ride comes from the ride that Lisa takes with her elderly father on a roller coaster. Lisa fears her father’s imminent death, while he has the time of his life and asks to go again.
Shana Wride plays Lisa, the storytelling daughter. Wride (yes it is pronounced the same as Ride) is looking forward to the performance because there is an untypical fluidity in the script. The script allows the actor to respond to the audience’s mood or even verbal comment. Thus, every night will be different based on the audience. That means you have to come see the show and contribute to the creative process!
While 2.5 Minute Ride is a father/daughter story, Well is a mother/daughter story that deconstructs and reconstructs itself. Sam Ginn plays Lisa in Well. Ginn loves the “avant-garde metatheatrical” aspect of the piece. Lisa is using art to have a conversation with her mother or rather using art to avoid having a confrontation with her mother.
Annie Hinton plays Ann the mother in Well. Ann is the moral center of the play, keeping Lisa honest. Ann is not well. Lisa is well. Lisa is exploring why some people get well, and some people don’t. She wants to make sense of things that are not logical.
Kym Pappas, the director of Well, loves the script. She loves the mother/daughter dynamic, as she has personally been a caregiver. In Well, Lisa tries to rewrite her life, to present herself and her life. She tries to be more than her mother. Pappas believes Well is a universal story as we all have mothers, regardless of how much we like or understand them.
Come see the Parent Plays and receive a discount when you see both shows by using the code 2shows!