Ars Nova Cancels All Remaining Performances of Heather Christian's ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:43 pm EDT 05/19/22


Final Performance of 3-Time Lortel Winner was May 14

Due to positive COVID test results within the company, Ars Nova has canceled all remaining performances of Oratorio for Living Things. The final performance of this three-time Lortel winner took place on May 14. Composed by Obie Award-winner and 2015 & 2016 Ars Nova resident artist Heather Christian and directed by two-time Obie Award-winner Lee Sunday Evans, Oratorio for Living Things fuses music and theater, surrounding the audience with 18 virtuosic singers and instrumentalists. While this marks the end of performances at Ars Nova @ Greenwich House, the journey of Oratorio for Living Things is just beginning. Please visit www.oratorioforlivingthings.com and follow along on Instagram and Twitter to stay in touch with the production.

Upon its opening on March 30, 2022, Oratorio for Living Things was celebrated by audiences and critics alike. In his New York Times critic's pick review, Jesse Green found the production "profoundly strange and overwhelmingly beautiful." "Oratorio for Living Things is, above all, exhilarating," proclaimed Raven Snook in her Time Out New York critic's pick review. "A whitewater cataract of sound and meaning," wrote Helen Shaw in Vulture . "Ravishing," declared Zachary Stewart in Theatermania .

Recently, the production received a special award from the 2022 Drama Desk committee, which wrote, "With the category-defying Oratorio for Living Things, Heather Christian aims to encompass all human existence in a single inventive and startlingly beautiful work. In times of pandemic, war, and social upheaval, Christian's work (directed by Lee Sunday Evans and brought to life by a superb cast and creative team) is an awe-inspiring reminder that, even in the darkest times, there will always be artistic peaks to scale."

Oratorio for Living Things strengthens Ars Nova's reputation as a producer of daring new forms of music theater. While radically different in shape and content from previous endeavors, it nonetheless builds on the success of the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the Broadway-bound KPOP, and the Lortel Award-winning "Outstanding Musical" Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future.

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop, and launch singular theater, music, and comedy artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending new work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater," Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

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