THE WHITE SNAKE
BY MARY ZIMMERMAN
The White Snake was presented by MOSAIC & The University of Michigan's Department of Theatre & Drama in December 2016. It is the thesis production for the Directing BFA.
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A timeless story of love and adventure, this Chinese fable follows the legendary snake spirits Lady Bai and her companion, Greenie, as they travel to the human world to take a glimpse of the unknown. Lady Bai falls in love with a lowly pharmacist's assistant, Xu Xian, but her newfound happiness is threatened when an evil Buddhist monk attempts to expose her serpentine origins. Told through different perspectives and filled with puppetry, song, and imagery, The White Snake is a tale about finding one's place in the world -- and being loved for who we truly are.
Directed by: Gregory Keng Strasser
Puppetry: Sarah Norton
Scenic: Jason Sell
Lights: Chris Simko
Costumes: Camille Charara
Art: Sara Eskandari
Original Score: Kirsten Mossberg, Jake Smith
Orchestrations: Celia van den Bogert
Props & Sound: Greg Strasser
Asst Director: Zoha Bharwani
Stage Manager: Caroline-Michele Uy
Asst Stage Manager: Cameron Marsh
Additional Music Credits: Derek Zhao for "The Duel of the Gods"
(In order of appearance)
Jo Ellen Pellman, Juliana Tassos, Mason van Gieson, Shenell McCrary, Tiffany Wu, Blake Griffey, Allie Reynolds, Logan Davis, Aditya Das
Celia van den Bogert
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