Arts and Ideas

“Othello in the Seraglio” Screening and Q&A

Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch

Set in a 17th-century Istanbul coffeehouse, “Othello in the Seraglio” re-imagines Shakespeare’s Othello as a former African slave, a powerful but aging Ottoman Eunuch who for years was overseer of the Sultan’s harem. The story is told by a traditional storyteller and a cast of 11 instrumentalists and singers. The film’s narrative is carried by a mix of music in early Italian and Turkish idioms.

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Helen Greenwald
Chair of Music History and Musicology, New England Conservatory


Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Producer, Original Music/Composer

Robert Labaree
Co-Producer, Writer

Nick Papps
Director, Cinematographer

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Made possible by support from the Mass Cultural Council
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