Ars Nova Season Includes Heather Christian's Oratorio for Living Things | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Ars Nova Season Includes Heather Christian's Oratorio for Living Things The 2019–2020 lineup also features a new play by Ars Nova Play Group alum Liza Birkenmeier.
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Ars Nova has unveiled its 2019–2020 season, featuring two brand new works that were both commissioned by the adventurous Off-Broadway company. The slate includes the world premieres of Doctor Ride’s American Beach House—a new play by Liza Birkenmeier directed by Katie Brook, as well as Obie winner Heather Christian's Oratorio for Living Things, which will be performed by a 12-member choir and directed by Lee Sunday Evans.

Kicking off the season this fall at Greenwich House (Ars Nova's new downtown home) will be Birkenmeier's Doctor Ride’s American Beach House. Set in Missouri on the night before Dr. Sally Ride’s historic launch into space, the new play by the Ars Nova Playgroup alum explores sexual politics, power, and repression between three friends in 1983. Performances will run October 21–November 23 (after which Brook and Birkenmeier's next collaboration, Islander, will be seen at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop in spring 2020).

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Also in the spring, Ars Nova will present a new musical work by Animal Wisdom creator and Ars Nova Resident Artist Christian. Oratorio for Living Things will run March through April at Greenwich House.


Back at the Ars Nova Hub uptown, a number of live events will continue throughout the season, including the 13th annual ANT Fest (this year's festival wraps up June 27).

“Since so much of the work we support all year is incubating behind closed doors, announcing our public programming is always a joyous moment," says Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan. "In addition to ANT Fest and all of the exciting Resident Artist work hitting the 54th Street stage all year, we can’t wait to share the gorgeously unique fruits of Liza Birkenmeier and Heather Christian’s commissioned residencies with our audiences at Greenwich House over the next season.”

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