Performance review: The white snake, constellation theatre company, Washington, D.C., April 25–May 26, 2019

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Abstract

This is a performance review of the Constellation Theatre Company (CTC)’s 2019 D.C. production of The White Snake, written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman in 2012. This review connects the 2019 CTC production with the 2014 performance of the same Zimmerman play, directed by Zimmerman herself on site at the Second Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China. It further traces a key inspiration of the 2012 Zimmerman play to Chinese writer Zhao Qingge’s 1956 novel Baishe zhuan (The Legend of the White Snake), which was itself a prod-uct of the cultural politics of the Chinese 1950s and much longer oral, written, and performance traditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-197
Number of pages16
JournalCHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature
Volume39
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

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Publisher Copyright:
© The Permanent Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature, Inc. 2020.

Keywords

  • Allison Stockman
  • Baishe zhuan
  • Constellation Theatre Company
  • Mary Zimmerman
  • The White Snake
  • Wuzhen Theatre Festival
  • Zhao Qingge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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