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 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.
"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").
THE ME NOBODY KNOWS
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