Roy Arias Theatre 2

Todays Date: 06/26/22
Last Update: 09/30/13 03:52:35 PM
Address: 616 9th Avenue
New York, NY    10036

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A Hansel & Gretel Christmas  | Open: 11/02/13 Close: 01/04/14
       It is CHRISTMAS 2013! Dad is out of work and Priscilla, stepmother of Hansel & Gretel wants only to rid her home of these two and spend a content life with her husband... and No Children!

       She plans to lose the children among the throngs of Holiday shoppers in New York City. But, a 'silly Macy's Elf-Snowflake', an old Gingerbread Lady who talks to herself and a 'Just-the-Facts' policeman, Officer Billows come to the children's aid --- So will they have a Joyous Christmas After-all? Come Find Out.

       There's No Witch, afterall she wouldn't fit in to the Season! And, No Violence!

       Suitable for Children age 5 and older and all the Adults who wish to accompany them, for there is Laughter for all.

Zero  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 12/30/08
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.

The ME Nobody Knows  | Open: 08/07/08 Close: 08/10/08
Based on the book "THE ME NOBODY KNOWS" - Edited by Stephen M. Joseph

"These are children's voices from the ghetto. In their struggle lies their hope, and ours. They are the voices of change."

Inspired by the anthologized writings of nearly 200 New York City students, aged 7 through 18 and subtitled "Children's Voices From the Ghetto"; Stephen M. Joseph, a teacher, edited the collection, which the children had written about their feelings and their neighborhoods. According to Mr. Joseph, they wrote "for keeps" and "like it is." At odds with a squalid setting and a cynical, materialistic view of the world, themes of hope and renewal emerged. To guarantee uplift, samples from the students' work were interwoven with a ground-breaking score that combined rock music, classical fugues, early rap and jazz.

Critics were overwhelmingly impressed by the vitality, passion, honesty and powers of observation shown by the young writers, as they painted a moving but sometimes ugly picture of inner city life, and there were hit records by The Staple Singers ("This World") and The Fifth Dimension ("Light Sings").

Music by: Gary William Friedman
Lyrics by: Will Holt
Adapted by: Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro
Based on the book "THE ME NOBODY KNOWS" - Edited by Stephen M. Joseph

Additional Lyrics by Herb Shapiro
Arrangements and Orchestration by Gary William Friedman

Original New York Production Directed by Robert H. Livingston
Originally produced on Broadway by Jeff Britton

Directed by Laura Rizzo
Co-Directed by Gregory Cilmi
Musical Direction by Abigail Lumsden
Choreography by Carrie Nagy

Produced in part by a grant from Orange Board of Education, Orange, NJ

A Family's Play  | Open: 06/17/08 Close: 06/22/08
A Family's Play, which depicts a family structure reshaped by the affects of society. Deceits coupled with sharply contrasting personalities create the backdrop of this timeless piece. Follow the Delaney's as they embark on a heralding journey to seek the truth of family secrets, and realize that actions have cemented and will now... forever change their lives.