Dave Malloy Set for Post-Show Event at Prospect Theater's TAMAR OF THE RIVER Tonight
"Crossing The River", a discussion featuring interfaith leaders led by Reverend Susan Turchin, and "The Power of the Voice", a discussion with innovative contemporary theater composers hosted by Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812's Dave Malloy, will be offered as free post-performance events following upcoming performances of Prospect Theater Company's world premiere of TAMAR OF THE RIVER. The announcement was made today by Cara Reichel and Melissa Huber, the Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director of Prospect Theater Company.
Tonight, October 16, "The Power of the Voice" will feature a panel of contemporary theater composers discussing the role music can play in creating unique performance worlds and authentic theater experiences. The panel is hosted by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 / www.DaveMalloy.com).
For details on dates and meditation leaders, as well as further information on discussion panelists, visit www.ProspectTheater.org.
TAMAR OF THE RIVER features music and book by Marisa Michelson, book and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, direction byDaniel Goldstein (Godspell) and choreography by Chase Brock (Picnic, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, The Blue Flower, The Cradle Will Rock at Encores, Venice at The Public Theater). This world premiere stars Margo Seibert (Saving Aimee, Circus in Winter at Playwrights Horizons, Next to Normal at the Weston Playhouse) as Tamar with Ako (Throne of Blood), Jeremy Greenbaum (The Fantasticks), Aaron Komo, Erik Lochtefeld (February House), Mike Longo (Hair) and Vince B. Vincent(Geography of Loss). The cast also features Jen Anaya, Adam Bashian, Margot Bassett, Troy Burton, Tamrin Goldberg andMary Kate Morrissey.
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.
Performances continue through October 20 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center located at 55 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
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.
About TAMAR OF THE RIVER: 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 Michelsondescribes 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."