With eleven musicians and a storyteller, Othello in the Seraglio is scaled to the intimate, informal setting of a coffeehouse in seventeenth century Istanbul (Constantinople). The storyteller spins out a well-known tale, an historically-based legend of love and jealousy, intensified by the crossing of boundaries between the free and the enslaved, white and black, Muslim and non-Muslim, East and West.

Conceived and composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
Storyteller script by Robert Labaree

Performed on European period instruments
and traditional Turkish instruments

more at sanlikol.com/othello-in-the-seraglio



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