Tony Winner Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake Will Premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival | Playbill

News Tony Winner Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake Will Premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman will stage the world premiere of her latest work The White Snake, inspired by Chinese legend, as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season.

A Tony Award winner for Metamorphoses, which brought Ovid's myths to vivid life in and around an on-stage pool, Zimmerman will also direct and adapt The White Snake, running Feb. 18-July 8. It will officially open Feb. 25.

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 will include 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 will have 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. The OSF season also includes Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 17-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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