The White Snake

The White Snake

May 3 - June 8, 2014 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 38 minutes with no intermission

  • Transcendant... a masterwork”— Chicago Reader
  • Opulent, dancerly, fluid, and funny”— Chicago Reader
  • Zimmerman’s 'latest show…is more powerful than ever.'”— Chicago Reader
  • A must see-love story... Startlingly funny and hypnotically beautiful”— Chicago Parent
  • Highly Recommended”— Chicago Sun-Time
  • stars — Time Out Chicago
  • wondrous magic”— Chicago Sun-Times
  • A must see-love story... Startlingly funny and hypnotically beautiful”— Chicago Parent
  • The White Snake is a show that’ll stay with you for a long, long time”— Chicago Parent
  • Seeing a show at the Goodman Theatre is something which every Chicagoan should do”— Chicago Parent
  • A 100 minute delight”— Chicago Parent
  • Goodman’s ‘The White Snake’ proves a charmer”— Daily Herald

Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life in a dazzling new adaptation hailed as “strikingly beautiful” by National Public Radio.

The White Snake chronicles the tale of a gentle serpent spirit who lives for centuries coiled on a mountaintop. One day, she transforms herself into a beautiful young woman and, with her feisty companion Green Snake, travels down to the world of humans. There, she unexpectedly finds love, happiness and family, and vows to remain a human forever. But when a vengeful monk discovers her true identity, he becomes determined to destroy the life that she’s built—and break apart her marriage to her one true love. Funny, moving and stunningly staged, The White Snake is a ravishing theatrical spectacle that will enchant and delight.

Groups of 10+ can reserve specially priced tickets now for The White SnakeLearn more on our Groups page or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org for details.

  • The Making of "The White Snake"
    Sneak behind the scenes of Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake. Get a look at the creative process of bringing this classic fable to life.

  • Hear what audiences are saying about "The White Snake"
    Audience members love Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake."

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    Music composed by: Andre Pluess, Tessa Brinckman, Michal Palzewicz, and Ronnie Malley.

  • The White Snake Trailer
    See the piece Huffington Post calls "visually radiant...theatrical magic."

  • The White Snake Trailer
    See the piece Huffington Post calls "visually radiant...theatrical magic."

  • 2013/2014 Season Teaser
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    (L to R) Tanya Thai McBride (Green Snake) and Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake) in The White Snake.

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    (L to R) Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake) and Jon Norman Schneider (Xu Xian) in The White Snake.

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    (L to R) Jon Norman Schneider (Xu Xian) and Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake) in The White Snake.

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    Cast of The White Snake.

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    (L to R) Vin Kridakorn (Boatman), Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake), Jon Norman Schneider (Xu Xian) and Lisa Tejero (Ensemble)

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    Amy Kim Waschke as the White Snake

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    Tanya Thai McBride as the Green Snake

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    Jon Norman Schneider (Xiu Xian) and Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake)

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    Tanya Thai McBride as the Green Snake in silhouette

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    Amy Kim Waschke forms the head of the White Snake, which includes ensemble members Eliza Shin, Cristofer Jean, Stephenie Sooyhun Park, Tanya Thai McBride and Lisa Tejero

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    The evil monk Fa Hai (Matt DeCaro) is defeated in the Water Battle

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    (L-R) White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke), Xu Xian (Jon Norman Schneider) and the Green Snake (Tanya Thai McBride)

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    (L-R, foreground) Monks Lisa Tejero, Vin Kridakorn and Richard Howard gossip about the White Snake’s true identity as Fa Hai (Matt DeCaro, background) listens in.

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    Musicians Ronnie Malley (Strings/Percussion) and Michal Palzewicz (Cello)

  • The White Snake Production Photos
    Musicians Tessa Brinckman (Flutes) and Ronnie Malley (Strings/Percussion)

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  • Apr 24 2014
    The White Snake: A Gif-Story  

    The White Snake: A Gif-Story

    Never heard of The White Snake? Here’s a primer on the basics of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation (we promise no spoilers!).

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  • Apr 17 2014
    Bright Ideas and Bright Colors  

    Bright Ideas and Bright Colors

    The clothing White Snake costume designer Mara Blumenfeld imagines becomes a reality she shares with audiences, and her vision shapes our understanding of the story we are told. Even a small decision like making the Green Snake jade rather than blue colors our view of the play, and transports us to a different, and very specifically imagined world.

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