February 2, 2002
O.T.
Composer:Mirta de la Torre Mulhare
Librettist:Mirta de la Torre Mulhare
Synopsis
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.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

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.

Vocal & Musical Forces
4 principals; 6 secondary (doubling possible, also in chorus) flexible chorus. Flute, oboe (doubling possible), trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin, cello, bass.

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


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