Serpent spirits, meddling monks
In a beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapproving monk persists in unmasking her. With the help of Green Snake, White Snake summons all her magic powers to defeat the spirits and monsters threatening her life and her great love. With live music and beautiful visual metaphors, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman invites your imagination to her staging of this fantastical transcendent romance.
Age recommendation: The story is fantastical, romantic, charming and witty,with a dark and dangerous undercurrent. It will be fast-paced and visually exciting, and appropriate for students 12 and up. View full age recommendation.
1 hour and 37 minutes; no intermission.
Audience notes: Incense is burned in this performance.
To prepare for The White Snake
, please consider our Preface Plus
offering, a 45-minute introduction to the world of the play, presented by an OSF Education Department staff member.