Fish in a Tree

Performance Dates: March 18 - April 9, 2023
Run Time: 60 Minutes
Best for Ages: 6-9
Year(s) Produced: 2023
A new play with music for young audiences that uses live video technology, dance, and music to explore one young girl's journey with dyslexia.

About Fish in a Tree

Ally is a smart girl with a big imagination but she often causes distractions that get her in trouble in class. She doubts her intelligence due to her dyslexia until she, with the support of her teacher, learns to unlock her inner potential. Soon she discovers that great minds don’t always think alike!

Adapted by Barbara Zinn Krieger from the best-selling novel by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, this new play with music for young audiences, directed by Sammy Lopez and Melissa Jessel, uses live video technology, dance, and music to explore Ally’s journey with dyslexia.

Fish in a Tree celebrates neurodiversity, friendship, and the power of imagination, and explores the harm bullying causes and the life changing potential of a generous teacher.

Playing live at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036 – Get Directions

What Grownups Need to Know Before Purchasing Tickets

  • Fish in a Tree is a 60-minute play with music best for ages 6-9.
  • The show explores one person’s journey with dyslexia. 
  • Music, live video, and projections will help make Ally’s mind movies come to life on stage. 
  • Ally is bullied by one of her classmates.
  • Tickets are required for all guests. 
  • Fish in a Tree is performed in Theatre 4 at Theatre Row. Theatre 4 is on the lower level of the Theatre Row complex and is accessible by stairs and an elevator.
  • The performances on Sunday, April 2nd at 2pm and Saturday, April 8th at 11am are sensory friendly performances. 
    • Sensory friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming environment for all families with children on the autism spectrum and related conditions. Modifications include the house lights staying on at a low level, lowering the sound levels, and acknowledging that audience members might verbalize throughout the performance.

Show Credits

Adapted by Barbara Zinn Krieger
Directed by Melissa Jessel and Sammy Lopez
Based on the novel, FISH IN A TREE, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

COVID Safety Measures

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  • All guests 2 and older must wear a mask at all times.
  • Effective immediately, proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry to Theatre Row.
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