EVEN THE DEAF CAN HEAR
In 1713 a reknowned viola da gamba maker, knowing he is dying, leaves a mysterious talisman inside the last instrument he crafts. The instrument is stolen on its journey to Maestro Gaspard de Villeneuve, the greatest viola da gamba player the world has ever known, by two thieves who smuggle it onto a ship. The priceless instrument is lost at sea when the ship sinks.
Two hundred years later a barnacle covered, seaweed shrouded trunk washes up on the shore of Ireland and is discovered by a young goatherd, Kenzi and her deaf friend, Paidi. The reality of her world starts to unfold imbued with alternate realitites and in its midst, a simple and pure love between Kenzi and Sebastien, Gaspard's protege, illogically develops. The forces of conventionality that try to destroy this love wreaks havoc and the result is a tragedy without end. Though, the resultant loss rocks the classical music world, Kenzi and Sebastien's love lives on in a world transformed as a beacon of purity and inspiration for all.
Based on the musical by Nick Colt
Screenplay by Lee Douglass, Nick Colt and Jules Labarthe
Lyrics by Lee Douglass, and Nick Colt
Music by Nick Colt
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