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This play will go directly into your mind and heart.

by Lisa Kron
Directed by Todd Olson
Previews: March 14 & 15
Opening Night March 16
Runs through May 6
, 2012

Click here to view schedule.


Click here to read the preview by
John Fleming from Tampa Bay Times.

Click here to listen to Lisa Kay Powers promoting 2.5 Minute Ride on Senior Voice Radio and get her views on this play.

Click here to watch the Studio 10 Interview with Lisa Kay Powers and Todd Olson for 2.5 Minute Ride

“An artistic triumph…a superb production…storytelling at its most seductive…warm, shrewd and often hilarious…brilliant, stylish, seamless, striking, remarkable, deeply humane…That Lisa Powers is so strong and assured and winning in this daunting role is amazing.”
-John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times

“A must-see production…remarkable…splendid…Lisa Powers delivers as near perfect a performance in this one-woman show as you can hope to see anywhere, and I’m including New York and London and Mars… an evening that delivers such powerhouse acting…Powers is formidable, funny, tender, imposing, heart-rending, and just plain definitive. Kron’s text is exceedingly intelligent and emotionally urgent…This is inspired acting, and reason for excitement. A missing luminary has just returned, oh so brightly, to the Bay area…” - Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

"Sly, wise, and wonderful." —Newsday
"Nothing short of astounding." —Pittsburgh City Paper

"Remarkable…emotional vibrations that won't stop." —New York Times

"Bespeaks the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit." —Los Angeles Times

Winner of the 1999 Obie Award, 2.5 Minute Ride is a funny and deeply disquieting story about a daughter who strives to understand the joys and sorrows of her father's heart. It’s a startling and searingly funny meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life. Told with wit and compassion, 2.5 Minute Ride tells the story of a father who, in spite of near-blindness, diabetes, and a heart condition, insists on family trips to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, the roller coaster capital of the world. But this isn't the only journey this daughter would take with her father … a German-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany as a teenager only to return as an American soldier. Part testimonial, part performance art, Kron seeks to find the humanity in the crevices of human behavior. 2.5 Minute Ride has been described as "intravenous" – a work which goes directly into the mind and heart of the audience via the serum of a beguiling theatrical entertainment.

Lisa Kay Powers*

* = member, Actors’ Equity Association


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2.5 Minute Ride Play Guide.


We have just added A Steady Rain as a new Mainstage Production that will run in the same date range as 2.5 Minute Ride.  Now you can see two amazing productions
March 16 - May 6 at American Stage.

Performance times and ticket prices are as follows:
Click here for calendar of both productions times and dates.

Both productions will be individually ticketed per performance.

Please note: No performances of 2.5 Minute Ride on
April 27, 28, May 2 and 3. A Steady Rain will perform on 4/27 (8 PM) and 5/3 (7:30 PM)

Performances for A Steady Rain will follow directly after 2.5 Minute Ride on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings plus the Sunday Matinees.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE CAFÉ ($29) curtain 11 am
We've just added our new weekday matinee including complimentary coffee!
Wednesday matinee performances

A STEADY RAIN, Wednesday matinee performances: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 and 4/11
2.5 MINUTE RIDE , Wednesday matinee performances 4/25

PLEASE NOTE: Parking for the Wednesday Matinees is not avalaible at Synovus Bank. You can find parking located at the following areas: Street Parking, BayWalk Parking Garage (the entrance is at 100 1st Avenue South), or the lot on 2nd Ave North directly across from the theatre. Parking lot cost varies per location. For more information with PSTA - Bus & Suncoast Beach Trolley, contact 727-540-1900.

SATURDAY MATINEE curtain is 3 pm
2.5 MINUTE RIDE Saturday matinee performances ($39): 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 and 4/14
A STEADY RAIN, Saturday matinee performances ($29): 4/21, 4/28, & 5/5

2.5 MINUTE RIDE curtain is 3:00 pm and A STEADY RAIN curtain is 4:45 pm

A STEADY RAIN curtain is at 7:30 pm
2.5 MINUTE RIDE curtain is at 7:30 pm A STEADY RAIN curtain is 9:15 pm

2.5 MINUTE RIDE curtain is 8:00 pm and A STEADY RAIN curtain is 9:45 pm

Tickets prices for each performance of 2.5 Minute Ride are $29-$47 depending on date and time of performance. 
All performances of A Steady Rain will be $29 general admission seating.
Student Advance tickets are $20. 
Students Rush tickets are $10, 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Season Sponsor: Hough Family Foundation
Mainstage Series produced by: Raymond James
Education Partner: Bank of America
Radio Sponsor: WUSF
Co-sponsor: Beth Houghton and Scott Wagman

American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

For tickets, please call the American Stage Box Office at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or

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