O.T.
Composer: Mirta de la Torre Mulhare
Librettist: Mirta de la Torre Mulhare
Other Artistic Personnel: Gay Hill, Director; Cathy Ferguson, Conductor; Jackie Brown, Choreographer; Lois Abel, Producer; Stefanie Boss, Stage Manager; Pamela Gill and Bob Hoffman, Lighting Designers; Robyn Stevens-Woodle, Vocal Coach
Original Cast: Singers: Phillip Bender as O.T., Joanna Boales as Dora, Jackie Brown as the Cheerleader, Maria Fatima Cantelli as Mother Superior, O.T.'s mother, TJ Cannady as John, Richelle Howie as Mona, Ryan D. Keough as aide, Lisa A. Leak as volunteer, nun, Brandon Mace as Jake, Jackie Miles as Mona's mother, volunteer, nun, Lynn Audrey Neal as Annette, ball attendant, nun, Bob Schwartz as Big Man, aide, ball attendant, Talia Segal as Tina, nun, Kevin Sockwell as Charlie, Darrell Stevens as Carol, cheerleader, nun, Phillip Stevens as newscaster, aide, ball attendant, Michelle Talent as volunteer, comments, ball attendant, nun. Musicians: The Raphael Trio (Elaine Newhall, flute; Cathy Ferguson, violin; Fay Rosinsky, cello); Dennis Taylor, piano; Aaron Holmes, trumpet; Paul Tewkbury, percussion; Jordi Boltes, bass
Work Web Site: www.otmusical.com
Premiere Date: February 02, 2002
Producing Company: Payanca Publications
Description: It introduces the race-reversed casting of Othello and Desdemona in a modern American political setting. Othello, Owen Theodore Hulligan, is an Irish American State senator running for governor; Desdemona, Mona, a minority reporter; Iago, John, O.T.'s childhood friend, who feels betrayed when O.T. supports Cassio, Charlie, a minority D.A., for lieutenant governor, instead of John. And so the tale of pathological jealousy, intrigue, and tragic revenge unfolds amidst the hoopla and stressful demands of political campaigning. Because it is also political satire, O.T. is not lacking in wit and humor.
Reviews: Terri Corcoran, The Review, March 2001
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Chorus
Orchestration: fl, ob, tpt, tbn - pf, perc, vln, vc, db
Musical Style: Tonal, punctuated at times with progressive textures, tritones. It is an intense musical score that weaves in and out of the multiple ethnic influences in rhythm and style that have made the American musical heritage so rich.
Contact: Mirta de la Torre Mulhare
Address: 301 Russell Ave #419
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
E-mail Address: docmulh@aol.com
Phone: 301-854-2361
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