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