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.
- Mar. 27 - 30, 2014
- Eisenhower Theater
- 2 hours, 15 minutes
- $29.00 - $69.00
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National Theatre of China
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
- Qin Hailu, Green Snake / Xiao Qing
- Xin Baiqing, Fa Hai
- Jin Ge, Su Zhen
- Dong Chang, Xu Xian
- Wu Bi, Jizhuo / Tailor and others
- Shang Zijian, Captor / Monk and others
- Ma Ang, Blacksmith / Fairy Old Man of the South Pole / Monk and others
- Zhang Shuo, Scholar / Ganoderma / Monk and others
- Sang Shuai, Vegetable Peddler / Crane Spirit / Monk and others
- Liu Ye, Beggar / Deer Spirit / Monk and others
- Lilian Lee, author of the original novel
- Tian Qinxin, playwright/director
- An Ying, co-writer of the play
- Wang Chen, set designer
- Chao Yi, lighting designer
- Chan Ku-fang, costume designer / styling
- David Jones, composer
- Feng Lei, multimedia designer
- Zhang Ziqian, sound designer
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Corporate support is provided by Chevron.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.