ZERO

Genre: Comedy, Solo Performance
Written by: DANNY O’CONNOR and ROBERT O’CONNOR; Directed by KELLY FIORE

OCTAVIAR PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the New York Premiere of the critically acclaimed one-man show, ZERO, directed by Kelly Fiore. ZERO will play a seven-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway's Roy Arias Theatre 2 (616 9th Avenue). Performances begin Thursday, November 13 and continue through Tuesday, December 30. Opening Night is Thursday, November 20 (8:15 p.m.). Press nights are November 17th and 18th at 8:15 p.m.

ZERO is a comedic exploration of six distinct men as they cross the threshold into dreaded adulthood, and the many speed bumps they encounter as they wrestle with their biggest fears, wants, and worries.

Everyone knew a ZERO in high school. What happens when eight-years-later he wakes up one morning, puking margaritas, wondering what brought him here and takes a good long look at what he's become? Is he forced to let go of who he was in high school and stop centering his life around getting drunk and 'getting some'? Or does he ever?

***Warning: ZERO is intended for Mature Audiences Only, and is not a play for children or younger teens due to crude and sexual humor. ***

Co-playwright Robert O'Connor was in Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army when Zero was initially developed. The entire script was written through email and 5 a.m. phone calls -normal waking hours in Iraq. After his second tour in Iraq, Robert committed suicide while working as a recruiter.

Director Kelly Fiore met Danny O'Connor when he was age 15. As an eager young theater professional, he was working with her newly developed theater company Moonpie Productions, in North Dallas. Years later, when their paths crossed again, he was a bit more jaded and bitter, she knew they would work well together. Fiore feels that "Danny has tapped into the "every man" with ZERO. It is familiar, comforting and at times embarrassingly recognizable. Men struggle with the idea of being a man and proving one's manhood while still being a boy inside."

The production features scenic and costume design by Mary Jane Corman and lighting design and stage management by Dujuan Pritchett. Nick Caruso is the sound designer and Thom Sigsby and Josh Zagoren are the choreographers.

Preview:   11/13/08
Open:   11/20/08
Close:   12/30/08

Schedule:
Mondays at 8:15 p.m.
Tuesdays at 8:15 p.m.
Thursdays at 8:15 p.m.
Fridays at 8:15 p.m.
Saturdays at 8:15 p.m.

There is no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 27th

Theater:   Roy Arias Theatre 2
Address:   616 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$29, students/seniors are $24, active military are $19.
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DANNY O’CONNOR (Playwright/Actor) received a B.F.A. in acting from Emerson College in Boston.  While attending Emerson, John Leguizamo’s Spic-O-Rama and Whoopi Goldberg’s self-titled Broadway show inspired him to immediately begin work on his first one-man show, transforming a one act play, Best Half Foot Forward, into a solo piece in which he played all 4 characters.  He then began collaborating with his poet brother, Robert O'Connor, on Random Cat Syndrome, another one-man show that premiered at the Circle Theatre in Boston in 2002.  After graduation he moved to Chicago, where he worked with Second City, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and storefront theatre companies such as the Conservatory and The Gorilla Tango. 

Following a nasty breakup, he was inspired to begin work with his brother again on the show that would become ZERO.  The show opened in Dallas, TX in 2006 to critical acclaim and fantastic audience response. It then moved to Chicago where it again received great audiences and reviews, including the coveted “Highly Recommended!” from the Chicago Reader. 

Following the run, Danny began working on local Chicago theatre again until the suicide of his brother occurred in late 2006.  That prompted his move to Dallas to be with his family and to reopen ZERO as a commemoration run for Robert.  The run was a smash hit, bringing in more audiences and acclaim than previously received, and it had yet another extension.  In the wait between ZERO Dallas and ZERO New York Danny has worked with his good friend and director, Kelly Fiore, performing the Murder Mystery, Murder at the North Pole!
 

 

ROBERT O’CONNOR (deceased) (Playwright) graduated from Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas with his brother and co-author Danny O’Connor.  Robert joined the United States Army Infantry in 2002 and completed two tours of Iraq attaining the rank of Corporal.  Robert was extremely proud of his military service.  Robert met a tragic and untimely death at his own hand in November of 2006.

 

KELLY FIORE (Director) has been working in theater for over 25 years, directing shows which have traveled from North Dakota to Memphis, Tennessee. In June 2008 she performed a one-women show, Elizabeth Esterhazy in Atlantic City to an audience of over 6000 people.

She has taught acting, directing, script writing, comedy and dance.  She has worked with hundreds of theater companies in Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, including Pegasus Theater, Theater Three, and Main Avenue Studio, where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the San Antonio Theater Guild.  She is the Managing Artistic Director of Murder Mystery Players Inc. who, for the past 25 years, produced comedy shows nationally.  She is part of the all female comedy group, Four More Whores, who is currently running Comedy Boobs-Race for the Cure; she has also developed Last Ham Standing, a comedy group which is approved by most HR departments.