Book by John Moauro ('07) and Griffin Parsons ('06)
Music and Lyrics by Justin Halpin and Jeffrey James

Additional book by Alana Rader ('05)

Directed by Terri Kent

The new musical, which has received several workshops and readings and whose “Chaining Zero Sessions” have been highlighted by, is a musical where stories of struggle, hope, desire and pain intersect with everything you thought you knew about the strangers around you. Chaining Zero follows a diverse group of strangers stranded together on a New York City subway car who, thrust together by circumstance and trying to salvage their daily plans, learn that an unexpected stranger could potentially alter their lives forever. 


All performances will take place in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts (1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242).

Friday, November 5, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 6, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 7, 2021
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 13, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 14, 2021
2:00 p.m.

About the Creative Team

 John Moauro (Book)

Broadway/West End/Off-Broadway/1st National Tour: HAIR-Ensemble/us Woof/ Dance Captain ( nomination for Best Featured Actor, WhatsOnStage nomination: Best Ensemble Performance). John can be heard on the Tony Award winning and Grammy Nominated Revival Cast Recording of HAIR. TV: The Tonight Show with David Letterman, The Macy's Day Parade, The View, The Tony Awards, The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Extra Live at The Grove, NBC New Years Eve with Carson Daly. His photo has been seen in a fashion spread in Vogue magazine and on the front page of The New York Times style section. John has also performed at The Met Gala and on stage alongside Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli and Elton John, to name a few. Directing Credits: Assistant Director of the Second National/International Tour of HAIR, Associate Director for The 50th Anniversary Concert of HAIR (Jazz at Lincoln Center), both under the direction of Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Assistant Director of Terminator Too Judgment Play (World Premiere), Assistant Director/Choreographer Hope, Frankly (World Premiere). 

Griffin Parsons (Book)

National Tour/Off-Off Broadway: Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid (King Triton). Regional: Garden of Rikki Tiki Tavi, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Overcoat, Cats (The Hangar Theatre). Jesus Christ Superstar (Porthouse Theatre). He has also performed at Walt Disney World Resort in Entertainment. Commercial Credits: OCPS, Disney and Universal Orlando. Griffin is an alumnus of Kent State University where he received his BFA in Musical Theater. Chaining Zero marks his first credit as a writer.

Jeffrey James and Justin Halpin (Music and Lyrics)

Justin Halpin and Jeffrey James are established singer/songwriters based in Nashville, TN. While writing independently and with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the two have had numerous songs cut by artists and DJ’s in Europe, Australia and the US. The pair are responsible for writing or collaborating on songs featured in 200+ film, television and trailer placements on outlets including Showtime, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, cable and major networks. They have also worked with brands including Xbox and Ford. Halpin & James began composing for the stage in 2018 and now have multiple musical theatre projects in various stages of development and production. James was also featured on season 2 of NBC's Songland in May of 2020 with his song We Can Be Heroes.

Alāna Rader (Additional Book)

Alāna Rader is a Brooklyn-based Playwright, Poet, Actor and Director. In addition to her work on Chaining Zero, she has two full-length plays in development, Warning: a Dystopian Fable and Bugle Boy. During an Artist in Residency program, she wrote and created the Children's Theatre piece Down the Rabbithole: Into Other Realms, which she also directed. Alāna's recent poetry can be found in Review Americana and Fleas on the Dog. Her short plays The Edge and The Woods have been read by New Circle Theater and PRWF Theater in NYC. Sending lots of love to the cast and crew of "Chaining Zero" at KSU! @lanaenchanted 


Tickets to "Chaining Zero" can be purchased through the Performing Arts Box Office by phone at 330-672-2787 or online at the link below.

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