The award-winning New York Theatre Barn is partnering with Brooklyn-based choral ensemble Choral Chameleon to produce the world premiere production of Tamar of the River Oratorio for two nights only in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn on March 9-10, 2013 starring Broadway’s Jessica Grové in the title role, and the 12 singers of Choral Chameleon embodying the River.
The Tamar of the River Oratorio is a site-specific, hour-long choral-theatrical event that fuses the best of the choral and theatrical worlds to create a new hybrid form of immersive, explosive, visually spectacular, and emotional live storytelling. It is based on the Jonathan Larson Award winning musical Tamar of the River, written by Marisa Michelson and Joshua H. Cohen. The creative team is led by NYTB’s Artistic Director Joe Barros as the director-choreographer and Choral Chameleon’s Artistic Director Vince Peterson as the music director.
This compelling new work, an adult fable, follows young Tamar on her quest for peace in times of war, as she journeys to the River's source to hear the voice of God. Young Tamar believes she has been chosen by the River God to bring peace. As she transforms into the Prophet, she makes decisions she later struggles to justify and accept – and when she goes head to head with Judah, commander of the opposition forces and father of two sons who fight to win Tamar’s love, it is hard to know who is the cause of greater bloodshed. When everybody is certain only they know what God wants, who will have the final say?