Tamar of the River Benefit and Premiere
Please help me celebrate the release of my world premiere and help support Seeds of Peace, a very worthwhile and important organization!
(New York, NY) The cast of TAMAR OF THE RIVER, the critically-acclaimed and Drama Desk Award-nominated show produced at Prospect Theater Company, will celebrate the release of their world premiere recording with a one night only reunion concert on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8pm at Musical Theater Factory (250 West 40th Street, 4th Floor).
Partial proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Seeds of Peace.
Reservations are $20, $35 for one reservation and a signed album, or $50 for one reservation and 3 signed albums, and can be purchased at MusicalTheaterFactory.org.
The world premiere recording of TAMAR OF THE RIVER, with music by Marisa Michelson and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, will be released by Yellow Sound Label Tuesday, September 23, 2014, and is currently on pre-sale at Amazon.com. TAMAR OF THE RIVER was directed by Daniel Goldstein (Godspell), with choreography by Chase Brock (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Picnic). The album has been produced by Michael Croiter (Matilda, Big Fish, Heathers).
TAMAR OF THE RIVER starred Margo Seibert (Rocky) as Tamar, with Ako, Jeremy Greenbaum, Erik Lochtefeld, Mike Longo, and Vince B. Vincent, and featuring Jen Anaya, Adam Bashian, Margot Bassett, Troy Burton, Tamrin Goldberg, Aaron Komo, and Mary Kate Morrissey. For the album, they are joined by Patrick Cragin.
In a war-torn world, where East and West are divided by a River red with blood, one young woman is called to raise her voice. As Tamar sets out single-mindedly in pursuit of peace, she makes choices she struggles to justify. Must one sacrifice their moral compass in pursuit of idealistic dreams? When everyone is certain they know the truth, how do we know whose voice to trust? Inspired by the Biblical story of Tamar and Judah, Cohen and Michelson bring to life a tale that illuminates moral challenges through a score influenced by Middle Eastern, Jewish, Asian music and pre-Western chanting.
The New York Times called TAMAR OF THE RIVER “alluring and lyrical” with “music that is frequently exquisite and always melodic.”
TAMAR OF THE RIVER had music direction by Matt Aument, scenic design by Brett J. Banakis, costume design by Candida K. Nichols, lighting design by Brian Tovar, and sound design by Jeremy J. Lee. The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund provided commissioning and world premiere major support.
Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressures of critical or financial success. More information can be found at www.MusicalTheatreFactory.org.
Seeds of Peace inspires and equips new generations of leaders from regions of conflict with the relationships, understanding, and skills needed to advance lasting peace. Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peace-building by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at our International Camp in Maine. We build on their extra-ordinary and critical relationships and understanding through year-round local programs that focus on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace. There are now over 5,000 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries who prove that solutions exist, peace is possible, and there is reason to have hope for a better future. For more information, see www.seedsofpeace.org.
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