I have always been interested in looking at Biblical and other mythical stories from the perspective of the minor or “evil” characters. Delilah’s Last Love took the form of a song, which eventually evolved into the starting point of my play, The Black Eyed. In this piece, I am attempting to explore how both real love and the desire to betray your lover can sometimes coexist.
Program Notes by Betty Shamieh
Delilah’s Last Love is divided into three short movements with text by Betty Shamieh.
I long for madness,
for the strong that comes from the sweet letting go,
like a snip of the lock
from the hair
where your power to slaughter my people lay nestled in your whorls.