Music and book by Marisa Michelson
Book and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen
An abbreviated version of Tamar of the River, focusing on Marisa's glorious choral music. The simplified story still tells of Tamar, a young woman who feels she has been called by the god of the blood-red river to bring peace to two warring lands. But can she stop the destruction without destroying herself?
Tamar of the River Oratorio was first produced by New York Theatre Barn and Choral Chameleon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY, March 9-10, 2013, with the following cast and creative team:
TAMAR - Jessica Grové
With the Choral Chameleon singers - Joseph Bellino (JUDAH), Evan Crawford, Kelly Baxter Golding, Michael Gullo (ONAN), Mark Johnson, Cameron Bernard Jones (PAPA), Clare Maloney, Jacqueline Perez, Vince Peterson, Mi Na Shin, Jeffery Thyer, Julie Waters, and Erika Lloyd Whiteley
Directer & Choreographer - Joe Barros (Artistic Director, New York Theatre Barn)
Music Director - Vince Peterson (Artistic Director, Choral Chameleon)
Casting Director - Jason Najjoum (Producing Director, New York Theatre Barn)
Puppetry Designer - Elizabeth Ostler
Lighting Designer - Michael Megliola
Costume Designer - Rachel Guilfoyle
Assistant Director - Joshua A. Kelley
Assistant Puppetry Designer - Katie Proulx, Steve Smith
Pianist - Steve Smith
Percussionist - Mike Ramsey
Tamar of the River: Oratorio was a program of Choral Chameleon's evening of water music "Wide Waters."
The Broadway World article and photo feature can be found here.
Marisa performs an excerpt from the Finale with members of Choral Chameleon at New York Theatre Barn's holiday party at the D-Lounge here.