By HOO SOOK HWANG
MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2014) — The theater production, The White Snake, opened its curtains on September 12th at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Prior to opening night, I had the great fortune of interviewing the exceptionally gifted actress who plays the White Snake, Ms. Amy Kim Waschke. Full of enthusiasm the actress described ways in which Ms. Mary Zimmerman, crafted the play to reveal the strengths of the actors and actresses who were cast. Creatively written and directed, the classical Chinese Fable reveals lessons close to our hearts. Waschke stated, “I’m excited to be a part of this production because the entire cast is very talented.” Waschke added, “We learn from each other and Mary Zimmerman helps us to bring our best to life on the stage.”
Waschke, who plays, The White Snake is a seasoned actress who has been cast in a variety of productions. When asked what brings her to theater, she stated, “I love theater life, the people I work with and the work itself. I’m always having a great time.” This was truly apparent on opening night.
Full of life, The White Snake evoked a broad range of feelings in audience members as they experienced some of life’s questions about mortality, staying true to one’s convictions and the desire to love and experience love within human relationships. Both serious and humor filled, the story unfolds and enacts a broad range of interpersonal relationships that are easy to identify with.
The lightly covered, bamboo stage was stunning with its use of color and shadows. Beautiful lanterns lit up the night scenes. And, the flow of material, which danced eloquently across stage created an imagery of ocean tides and delicate rainfall that was truly breathtaking. More impressive, were boldly colored costumes and the skilled use of puppets, which seamlessly slithered across the stage. Full of energy, a diverse range of artistic and imaginative scenes burst into life from beginning to end.
The manifestation of talent, from musicianship to cast communicated a strong command of theatrical study. The plays lighthearted wit reminds us that story telling can be equally powerful through lively optimism versus depressing despair. In good spirits, I left opening night reminded that harmony compared to disharmony, reveals a journey worth striving for.