"Transcendent...a masterwork"
– CHICAGO READER

May 3 - June 8, 2014 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 1 hour and 38 minutes with no intermission

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.

 

 

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Artists

Written and Directed by MARY ZIMMERMAN

Cast

TESSA BRINCKMAN - Flutes
MATT DECARO - Fa Hai
RICHARD HOWARD - Canopus
CRISTOFER JEAN - Brother-in-Law
EMILY SOPHIA KNAPP - Crane
VIN KRIDAKORN - Boatman
RONNIE MALLEY - Strings, Percussion
TANYA THAI MCBRIDE - Green Snake
MICHAL PALZEWICZ - Cello
JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER - Xu Xian
STEPHENIE SOOHYUN PARK - Guan Yin
ELIZA SHIN - Acolyte
LISA TEJERO - Sister
AMY KIM WASCHKE - White Snake

Creative Team and Crew

DANIEL OSTLING - Scenic Design
MARA BLUMENFELD  - Costume Design
T.J. GERCKENS - Lighting Design
ANDRE J. PLUESS - Original Music, Sound Design
SHAWN SAGADY - Projection Design

Critical Praise
  • ★★★★ (out of 5)

    - Time Out Chicago

  • "Opulent, dancerly, fluid and funny"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "Zimmerman's lastest show...is more powerful than ever"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "A must-see love story...
    startlingly funny and hypnotically beautiful"

    - Chicago Parent

  • Highly Recommended

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Wondrous magic"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "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

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