Produced and performed by
Directed and designed by
Music and libretto by
Amy Beth Kirsten, after poetry of Isabella Andreini
Lingering in a world between death and life, torn between desire and truth, Colombine is caught in a haunted loop. The possessive Harlequin and the illuminated Pierrot orbit around her in a fight for not only her heart, but for her soul.
Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre is a 21st century musical fantasy on 17th century Italian theater and explores the concepts of love and death, dream and delusion. The six musicians of multi-Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird play, speak, sing, whisper, growl and mime, breathing theatrical life into these rich Commedia dell’Arte characters.
A "wildly imaginative...tour de force,” Colombine's Paradise Theatre is a "highly stylized, darkly beautiful love story that’s steeped in myth yet utterly modern" (Washington Post).
As a curtain-raiser to this love-haunted show, eighth blackbird presents a set of love songs through the ages, from Machaut’s courtly love and Monteverdi’s “little death” to early American folk ballads.