New Jersey Stage

Sunday, October 13, 2013

MARY ZIMMERMAN RETURNS TO McCARTER THEATRE WITH THE WHITE SNAKE

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- With live music and beautiful visual metaphors, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman brings her staging of this fantastical transcendent romance to life on the Matthews stage of McCarter Theatre.

Tony Award-winning director and playwright Mary Zimmerman will transform the Matthews stage of McCarter Theatre Center with her sublime theater magic with her production of The White Snake, based by the classic Chinese fable. This electrifying, radiant, and delightful play will run October 15 through November 3.

The White Snake is an ancient Chinese story—girl meets boy and falls head over heels. The only problem is that the girl is a white serpent from the spirit world, and to win her love's heart she must come down from the mountain and take human form. Full of heart, this elegant and dazzling production promises an adventure for audiences of all ages, and is a love story like you've never seen before.

McCarter Theatre Artistic Director Emily Mann places Mary Zimmerman among the top theater creators working in America. As a director and adaptor, her work has been seen at McCarter previously with The Odyssey, Secret in the Wings, and Argonautika. "Mary is a visionary, adapting ancient myths and fairy tales from around the world into new theatrical masterpieces. Her work is always inventive, sublime, and revelatory, and it has been a joy to share it with you over the years. The White Snake is possibly my favorite of all of her wonderful projects, and I hope McCarter's audiences will enjoy it immensely," says Ms. Mann. 

The cast includes Matt DeCaro, Emily Sophia Knapp, Vin Kridakorn, Tanya McBride, Jon Norman Schneider, Eliza Shin, Lisa Tejero, Kristin Villanueva, Amy Kim Waschke, Gary Wingert, and Wai Yim. The ensemble also includes three musicians: Tessa Brinckman (flutes), Ronnie Malley (strings and percussion), and Michal Palzewicz (cello).

The White Snake features a creative team renowned for helping Ms. Zimmerman create magic on stage: Daniel Ostling (scenic design); Mara Blumenfeld (costume design); T.J. Gerckens (lighting design); Andre Pluess (original music and sound design); and Shawn Sagady (projection design).  

Tickets,  starting as low as $20, are available online at www.mccarter.org, by phone 609.258.2787 or at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, 91 University Place in Princeton.

About Mary Zimmerman
Mary Zimmerman's Broadway credits include her Tony Award-winning production of  Metamorphoses. Her other works include Arabian Nights, The Odyssey, Argonautika, and The Secret in the Wings (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Candide, Journey to the West, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Mirror of the Invisible World, Silk, Galileo Galilei, an opera with Phillip Glass (Goodman Theatre); Eleven Rooms of Proust (About Face Theatre, Lookingglass, Goodman). These shows have been subsequently produced at such theaters as the BAM, Second Stage, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, McCarter, Huntington, Mark Taper Forum, and Seattle Rep. Other credits: Pericles, All's Well That Ends Well (Goodman); Henry VIII, Measure for Measure (New York Theatre Festival's Shakespeare in the Park); The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley RepSF). Metropolitan Opera: Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, Armida. She is the recipient of a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship, and is a professor of performance studies at Northwestern University. She is currently working on Disney's The Jungle Book (Goodman, Huntington). Upcoming: Lucia di Lammermoor  at La Scala.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday           October 15      7:30 pm         

Wednesday     October 16      7:30 pm         

Thursday         October 17      7:30 pm         

Friday              October 18      8:00 pm (Opening Night)      

Saturday          October 19      3:00 pm         

Saturday          October 19      8:00 pm

Sunday            October 20      2:00 pm         

Thursday         October 24      7:30 pm         

Friday              October 25      8:00 pm         

Saturday          October 26      3:00 pm         

Saturday          October 26      8:00 pm         

Sunday            October 27      2:00 pm         

Thursday         October 31      7:30 pm         

Friday              November 1    8:00 pm         

Saturday          November 2    3:00 pm         

Saturday          November 2    8:00 pm

Sunday            November 3    2:00 pm