Inspired by a true story, NOTHING is a multi-media play about Ben, a young man with autism who is struggling through the social grind that is high school. He retreats to a world of technology (MP3, video cameras, online gaming) in order to escape the tragic reality of constant bullying. When Ben meets Barbie in a divine online connection, he builds up the courage to venture out of his comfort zone and visit her in the flesh. This overwhelming escapade leads Ben into a dangerous situation, putting his own life at risk.
Unity Productions is a brand new production company seeking to combine different art forms in order to enlighten, entertain, and enhance the community. The goal is to unite art, in order to unite the people. Unity Productions quickly formed in April of 2011 at the hint of the opportunity to produce NOTHING, an award-winning play in Europe written by award-winning author and film maker, Nic Balthazar. After a year of teaming up with the author, rounding up arrtistic talent, fund raising, table work, and artistic execution, NOTHING by Nic Balthazar is proudly announced as Unity Production's debut performance.
NOTHING is premiering in the U.S. after finding its success in Europe. Video, music, and theatre are presented by one actor through use of rhyme and modern technology. Bullying, autism awareness, and suicide prevention are brought to light through NOTHING, a story at odds with the tragic reality. The show has been performed for the public, as often as it has performed in educational establishments being used as a non-traditional form of educating students on different subjects of acceptance. Premiering for the public at The 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, NOTHING recieved an League of Cincinnati Theatre award for Specialized Contribution (video, sound, computer effects), and recieved rave reviews from critics.
Reviews: Cincinnati Performing Arts Examiner Review- http://exm.nr/KYboVo Behind the Curtain Review- http://bit.ly/OuV1lq CityBeat Review (Recommended)- http://bit.ly/NaT0a1