Nicholas Photinos performing in a workshop of Colombine’s Paradise Theatre at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Photograph by Maren Celest)

Nicholas Photinos performing in a workshop of Colombine’s Paradise Theatre at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Photograph by Maren Celest)

Produced and performed  by

eighth blackbird

 

Directed and designed by

Mark DeChiazza

 

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.