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Closed May 26.

The White Snake

Written and originally directed by

Mary Zimmerman

Based on the classic Chinese fable


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From the theatre that brought to life The Arabian Nights & Journey to the West comes a radiant retelling of one of China’s oldest and most beloved legends.

Forsaking their lonely mountaintop for just one day, enlightened animal spirits White Snake and Green Snake magically transform into beautiful women in order to experience the human world.


There, White Snake meets and falls passionately in love with the humble pharmacist’s assistant Xu Xian, but the secret of her true identity soon comes back to haunt her. Brimming with poetry, humor, and theatrical spectacle, this classic tale will delight and enchant audiences as only Constellation can.

Recommended for Ages 12+

Closed May 26.

The White Snake

Written and originally directed by

Mary Zimmerman


Based on the classic Chinese fable

directed by Allison Arkell Stockman


live music by

Tom Teasley & Chao Tian

Run Time: 100 minutes, no intermission

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In The News

The White Snake should strike your fancy” - The Washington Post

"A gorgeous spectacle that respects Eastern culture, it succeeds at entertaining an audience“ - Washington City Paper


"The White Snake is a memorable jaunt through ancient China spearheaded by mesmerizing sound design by duo Tom Teasley and Chao Tian, and a delightfully catty performance by Nakamura.“ - DC Metro Theater Arts


“4 Stars...The work proves to be a fine testament to female friendship, with the two spirit friends adventuring together, joking with each other - DC Theatre Scene

“Watching these two half-spirit, half-human beings learn to be present in the world of humanity is illuminating.” - MD Theatre Guide

"It's brought to lyrical life in a production directed by Allison Arkell Stockman that combines puppetry, movement and a beguiling, underlying musical performance.“ - BroadwayWorld

"Captivating ensemble based-movements featuring a climatic sea battle complete with Cloud and Water spirits by choreographer Jennifer J. Hopkins  and endearing puppets designed by Matthew Pauli.“ - Sharpencity

"Solid stagecraft and storytelling serve Constellation's inventive production of The White Snake.“ - MetroWeekly

Creative Team

Written By

Mary Zimmerman

Lighting Designer

Max Doolittle


Allison Arkell Stockman

Live Music by

Tom Teasley

Chao Tian

Props Designer

Alexander Rothschild

Puppet Designer

Matthew Pauli


Jennifer Hopkins

Scenic Designer

Daniel Ettinger

Costume Designer

Frank Labovitz

Technical Director

Mike Salmi

Production Stage Manager

Katie Dooley

Assistant Director

Aria Velz

Assistant Stage Manager

Erica Feidelseit

Assistant Stage Manager

JJ Hersh

Assistant Stage Manager

Stephen Bubniak

Master Electrician

Hailey LaRoe

Scenic Charge

Megan Hart

Light Board Operator

Paul Callahan

Stage Manager Takeover

Cris Ruthenberg-Marshall

Rehearsal ASM

Drew Neitzey

Audio 1

James LaDow

Sound Engineer

Kevin Alexander


DJ Corey Photography


*Member of Actors' Equity Association

The White Snake, 2019.

Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

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