PRESS PLAY is back for its second season! This collaboration between the Kitchen Theatre Company and Cinemapolis puts a currently running play in conversation with a film that explores similar themes. The 4-part series will include screenings of select films paired with the Kitchen’s productions of GIRLFRIEND (September 9-30; screening: Tuesday, September 25), 2.5 MINUTE RIDE (November 25 – December 9; screening Tuesday, December 4), THE ROYALE (March 10-32; screening: Tuesday, March 19), and TRIBES (June 2-23; screening Tuesday, June 11). Following each screening, audiences are invited to stay for a conversation led by Kitchen Theatre artists.

The 2nd season continues on Tuesday, December 4th  with the pairing of 2.5 MINUTE RIDE with the Coen Brothers’ award-winning 2009 film, A Serious Man. Both the film and the play address the idiosyncrasies of being Jewish in the U.S.

M. Bevin O’Gara, Producing Artistic Director of the Kitchen Theatre, will be leading the post-screening conversation on Tuesday, December 4. The film screening begins at 7 pm.



Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick

ABOUT 2.5 MINUTE RIDE (by Lisa Kron, Directed by Zoë Golub-Sass)

Flip through the Kron family archives–from the annual Ohio amusement park vacation to the father-daughter journey to Auschwitz to see where his parents were killed–as one woman takes on the big things, the little things, and the unexpected ironies that tie them all together. From playwright Lisa Kron (Fun Home) comes an unexpected tragicomedy about coming to terms with where–and who–you come from.


Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now in its 27th season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in a beautifully renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.