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Green Snake (National Theatre of China’s Green Snake, photo by Chai Lin)

WORLD STAGES: Green Snake, National Theatre of China (China)

U.S. PREMIERE! Two female snake spirits take human form in this contemporary staging of the Chinese myth, in which goddesses and mortals find themselves beyond redemption.

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U.S. Premiere

National Theatre of China

Green Snake
Original novel by Lilian Lee (Li Bihua)
Playwright / director: Tian Qinxin
Co-writer of the play: An Ying
"A stunning set, lavish lighting, and well-sculpted soundscapes kick start the show.
The cast delivers the goods with verve, style, and humor."
--HKELD (Hong Kong)
Two female snake spirits--the virtuous White and her rebellious sister Green--take human form in director Tian Qinxin's new staging of Hong Kong writer Li Bihua's edgier, more contemporary version of the romantic Chinese myth. While White finds love with an innocent man oblivious to her true nature, the lustful Green is drawn to a young monk struggling with his own carnal desires. The result leaves both goddesses and mortals beyond redemption in this production launched with success at the Hong Kong and Shanghai international arts festivals.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 27

In Putonghua with projected English titles. Recommended for mature audiences.

Performance Timing: Act One - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 65 min.

Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014


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