Chase Brock to Choreograph TAMAR OF THE RIVER; Jeremy Greenbaum and Aaron Komo Join the Cast
Jeremy Greenbaum (The Fantasticks) and Aaron Komo complete the cast of Prospect Theater Company's upcoming world premiere production of TAMAR OF THE RIVER, a new music theater work with music and book by Marisa Michelson, book and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen and direction by Daniel Goldstein (Godspell). Previously announced cast members include Margo Seibert (set to make her Broadway debut as "Adrian" in ROCKY on Broadway in Spring 2014) as Tamar, with Ako (Throne of Blood), Erik Lochtefeld (February House), Mike Longo (Hair) and Vince B. Vincent (Geography of Loss), and Jen Anaya, Adam Bashian, Margot Bassett, Troy Burton, Tamrin Goldberg and Mary Kate Morrissey.
The announcement was made today by Cara Reichel and Melissa Huber, the Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director of Prospect Theater Company.
TAMAR OF THE RIVER takes place in a war-torn world where the East and West are divided by a river red with blood. In this mythic landscape, one young woman is called to raise her voice. As Tamar sets out single-mindedly in pursuit of peace, she journeys to a foreign land, finding a new family and unexpected love. Inspired by the biblical story of Tamar, Cohen and Michelson bring to life an original new music theater work that illuminates the moral challenges inherent in the struggle for peace.
TAMAR OF THE RIVER is set in a fictional world, but has deep ties to contemporary real-world struggles, and will hold its first preview performance on the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
Composer and Co-Bookwriter Marisa Michelson describes this connection: "Five years ago I was commissioned to conceive and write an original musical -- just a few months before traveling to Neve Shalom (oasis of peace), a village co-founded by Israeli Jews and Israeli Palestinian Arabs to demonstrate that the two peoples could live and work together peacefully. Neve Shalom was physically beautiful, emotionally moving, and spiritually inspiring. Our story has its roots in the book of Genesis, but the realities of today's world serve as contextual soil out of which the aesthetic, tone, and urgency of our story has grown."
Lyricist and Co-Bookwriter Joshua H. Cohen adds: "While TAMAR OF THE RIVER is intended to be a universal tale, rather than an allegory for any specific national conflict, it draws its milieu from the landscape of violence that seems to stretch forever in all directions, past and future -- and its inspiration from the small acts of hope and bravery undertaken by people on both sides of conflict, every day."
Performances will begin on September 21, 2013 and continue through October 20 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center located at 55 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
Scenic design is by Brett J. Banakis. Costume design is by Candida K. Nichols. Lighting design is by Brian Tovar. Sound design is by Jeremy J. Lee. Matt Aument is the musical director. Jason Najjoum is the casting director.
Previously developed at the American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation at Signature Theatre in Virginia, TAMAR OF THE RIVER has received commissioning and world premiere major support from The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.
Additionally, in honor of the organization's 15th year of operations, Prospect is offering a new annual Membership Programoffering valuable discounts and flexible ticketing to meet the needs of core audiences who are passionate about the company's mission to bring to life the next generation of the American musical.