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The White Snake: A Play
by Mary Zimmerman
foreword by Zhou Mo
Northwestern University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6725-4 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2927-6
Library of Congress Classification PS3576.I66W48 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 812.54

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In her latest theatrical production inspired by a classic story, Mary Zimmerman reimagines The White Snake, an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world. Adventuring down her mountainside with her companion, Green Snake, White Snake meets and falls in love with the humble, virtuous Xu Xian and convinces him to marry her. Together, the three friends open a pharmacy, but soon the remarkable healing powers of White Snake draw the attention of a treacherous monk, Fa Hai. Outraged at the union between a mortal and a snake spirit, Fa Hai takes it upon himself to destroy it. Zimmerman brings to this timeless romance her usual brilliant mix of ingenious stagecraft, song, abundant humor, and compassion.


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