Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake Premieres at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Feb. 18

News   Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake Premieres at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Feb. 18
Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman offers the world premiere of her latest work, The White Snake, inspired by Chinese legend,  beginning Feb. 18 as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season.

Amy Kim Waschke
Amy Kim Waschke

A Tony Award winner for Metamorphoses, which brought Ovid's myths to vivid life in and around an on-stage pool, Zimmerman directs and adapts The White Snake, which will officially open Feb. 25 for a run through July 8.

Here's how the work is billed: "In this beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapproving monk persists in unmasking her. With the help of her maid, Green Snake, White Snake summons all her magic powers to defeat the spirits and monsters threatening her life and her great love."

The cast features Amy Kim Waschke as White Snake, Tanya McBride as Green Snake, Christopher Livingston as Xu Xian and Jack Willis as Fa Hai. Ensemble cast members include Cristofer Jean, Lisa Tejero, Emily Sophia Knapp, Gina Daniels, Ako, Richard Howard and Vin Kridakorn.

The White Snake has scenic design by Daniel Ostling, costume design by Mara Blumenfeld, lighting design by T. J. Gerckens, music/sound design by Andre Pluess, voice and text direction by Rebecca Clark Carey and dramaturgy by Lue Morgan Douthit.

Zimmerman recently staged her adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein operetta Candide, incorporating additional text from Voltaire's novel, at the Goodman Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Huntington Theatre Company. She will remount Metamorphoses next seaon at the Lookingglass Theatre and Arena Stage. The OSF season also includes Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (now through Nov. 4); Chekhov's The Seagull (Feb. 23-June 22); and the musical Animal Crackers, with a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, and a score by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby (Feb. 19-Nov. 4).

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