2.5 Minute Ride
Leah Walton
Photo by Matthew J Photography

OCT 6-29, 2017

Directed by Elaina Di Monaco

Executive Honorary Producers: Tom & Carol Beam
Associate Honorary Producer: Linda Lipscomb
Artistic Sponsor: Rebecca Bradbeer

Lisa’s 74-year-old father won’t stop riding roller coasters. But as his health begins to fail, Lisa must deal with the limits of an aging parent she idolizes. With compassion and razor-sharp humor, 2.5 Minute Ride weaves together Lisa’s memories of two very different family trips: their annual pilgrimage to an Ohio amusement park and an unforgettable journey through their family’s history. With her wife’s support, Lisa chronicles her father’s life as a Holocaust survivor and weathers the many pitfalls of adventuring with a septuagenarian. This one-woman-show is by three-time Tony-winner Lisa Kron, writer of Broadway’s Fun Home.


Leah Walton* (Lisa)

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

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Production Team

Elaina Di Monaco

Lighting Designer
Alyssandra Docherty

Production Designer
Sara Outing

Sound Design
Larry Fowler

Stage Manager
Chelsea Sanz*

Technical Director
Ben Rand

Videography by Crystalline Studios, Music by Larry Fowler

In the News

"Theater Beat: Rocking their Pepys at FringeArts; Leah Walton in '2.5 Minute Ride'"

by John Timpane | The Inquirer | 9/12/17
"Yes, it's a challenge," she says, "but it's storytelling, and that's what I love, that direct connection with the audience. I used to do the First Person Arts Story Slam, and you're in the same room as audiences that want to hear your personal stories. It's frank, it's immediate, it's pretty wonderful..."
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"Dulé Hill as Nat 'King' Cole and 18 more best bets in theater"

by John Timpane | The Inquirer | 9/10/17
A daughter and father tour the country’s greatest roller coasters. A lot of ups and downs are involved, including those of ethnic and sexual identity, family, history, and mortality...
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Video Time Capsule: The Family Story Project

The stories that we share with our loved ones are powerful—that's what 2.5 Minute Ride is all about. Theatre Horizon joined forces with Crystalline Studios and invited audience members to take part in an interactive lobby experience to preserve their family stories.

'2.5 Minute Ride'
Leah Walton (2.5 Minute Ride, 2017)
Photo by Matthew J Photography

2017/18 Season Sponsors

Horizon $5,000


Vista $3,000

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Scene $1,000

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