MINNEAPOLIS — The White Snake, written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, and based on the classic Chinese fable, will be staged from Sept. 9 through Oct. 19, 2014, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage of the Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life in a dazzling new adaptation hailed as “strikingly beautiful” by National Public Radio. Based on a story as popular as Cinderella, 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 where she unexpectedly finds love and vows to remain a human forever. But when a vengeful monk discovers her true identity, he becomes determined to destroy the life and love that she’s built. Funny, moving and stunningly staged, The White Snake is a ravishing theatrical spectacle that will enchant and delight young adults to the young at heart.
Time raved Zimmerman’s work “recaptures the primal allure of the theater” and The Huffington Post said Zimmerman “turns ancient stories into grand spectacles that are as fresh as the 21st century.” This marks the first time Zimmerman’s work will be seen at the Guthrie.
Reprising their roles from the recent Goodman Theatre production, the cast of The White Snake features Amy Kim Waschke (White Snake), Tanya Thai McBride (Green Snake), Matt DeCaro (Fa Hai & others), Cristofer Jean (Brother-in-law & others), Emily Sophia Knapp (Crane & others), Vin Kridakorn (Boatman & others), Stephenie Soohyun Park (Guan Yin & others), Eliza Shin (Acolyte & others), Lisa Tejero (Sister & others), Tessa Brinckman (Flute), Ronnie Malley (Strings/Percussion) and Michal Palzewicz (Cello) – all in their Guthrie debuts – and Guthrie veteran Richard Howard (Canopus & others), who returns to the theater for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. Joining the production as White Snake’s love interest, Jake Manabat (Xu Xian) also makes his Guthrie debut.
The artistic team includes Daniel Ostling (Set Designer), Mara Blumenfeld (Costume Designer), T.J. Gerckens (Lighting Designer), Andre Pluess (Original Music and Sound Designer), Shawn Sagady (Projection Designer), Justin Hossle (Stage Manager) and Chris A. Code (Assistant Stage Manager).