Mary Zimmerman Returns to McCarter Theatre with THE WHITE SNAKE, October 15 through November 3

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, by phone 609.258.2787or at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, 91 University Place in Princeton.

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