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The White Snake

The White Snake is pure, magical joy.
—Arizona Daily Star

An evening of enchanted theater.
—Chuck Graham, Tucsonstage.com

The White Snake had it all: enchantment, acting, amazing staging, comedy,
myth twisting, poetry, and an ending that brought me to tears.
—Dan Gilmore, Audience Member

An inspiring way to start off the new year.
—Barbara Seyda, Audience Member

 

'The White Snake' by Mary Zimmerman

The White Snake

by Mary Zimmerman

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
BARBARA MARTINSONS AND LARRY BOUTIS

Directed by Cynthia Meier
Music Direction and Original Composition by Jake Sorgen

January 12–29, 2017

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus 2:00 P.M.matinees Saturday, January 21 & 28
The Saturday January 28 2:00 P.M. and Sunday January 29 2:00 P.M.
performances are sold out.
You may call The Rogue Ticket Line at 520-551-2053
to be added to a waiting list.

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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Based on the ancient Chinese tale of a magical white snake
that comes down the mountain in the form of a woman to hear the wisdom of humanity
and falls in love with a young man.

 

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and Bryn Booth

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and Bryn Booth

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Ryan Parker Knox as Xu Xian and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Ryan Parker Knox as Xu Xian and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

 

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake, Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

David Weynand as Fa Hai, Sterling Boyns, Claire Marie Mannle and David Greenwood

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

Marissa Garcia and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Supporting Materials

Lilith by John Collier
Lilith by John Collier

In a free open talk on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 P.M., The Rogue presented a panel lecture
The Lady or the Snake?

by Director Cindy Meier, Artistic Director and Ensemble Actor Joe McGrath,
Ensemble Actors Holly Griffith and Patty Gallagher
and Music Director/Composer Jake Sorgen

Listen to a podcast of the open talk

For more background on the cultural underpinnings of this ancient tale,
check out Jerry James’ essay “Buddhism and Taoism in The White Snake”

This open talk was supported in part by a generous gift from Julia Annas.

View a study guide of thirteen fascinating essays
prepared for Mary Zimmerman’s production of The White Snake
at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2014.

Poster

View the full-sized poster for the play

 


 

Press

Designing and flowering: The White Snake at Rogue Theatre

Review of The White Snake posted January 26th in the Tucson Sentinel

White Snake will slither into your heart

Review of The White Snake by Kathleen Allen in the January 19 Arizona Daily Star

White Snake proves love was never easy

Review of The White Snake by Chuck Graham on January 14 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue Theatre takes its turn at charming White Snake

Preview of The White Snake by Kathleen Allen in the January 12 Arizona Daily Star

Read others’ reviews of The Rogue Theatre, or write your own review on TripAdvisor!

 

Direction

Cynthia Meier, Director

Cynthia Meier (Director) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre where she has adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead, Kafka’s Metamorphosis and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age, and directed Miss Julie, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Betrayal, Arcadia, Richard III, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked!, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Naga Mandala, The Four of Us, Othello, Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona. She is co-founder of Bloodhut Productions, a company performing original monologues and comedy improvisation, which toured throughout the western United States. She also directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre, and she directed Talia Shire in Sister Mendelssohn and Edward Herrmann in Beloved Brahms for Chamber Music Plus Southwest. Cynthia received the Mac Award for Best Director, Drama for Richard III in 2013, and for Arcadia in 2014. She has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star, and in 2008, she received the Mac Award for Best Actress for her performance of Stevie in Edward Albee’s The Goat at The Rogue Theatre.
Cynthia Meier’s direction of The White Snake is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Winick & Ronda Lustman.

Notes from the Director

          “The society that cherishes and keeps its myths alive will be nourished from the soundest, richest strata of the human spirit.”

—Joseph Campbell          

Four years ago, I sat in a theater at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and wept. All around me, people were standing and applauding the performance and I was a puddle of tears.

The play wasn’t especially sad, but I was weeping because I was deeply moved by the beauty and truth of the play. That play was Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake—a gentle retelling of the ancient Chinese tale of a snake who comes down the mountain to discover what it is to be human.

I was struck at the time by the universality of the myth of the White Snake. Zimmerman had reached across cultures to find the common human desire to be loved for what we truly are. And although we may not be familiar with karma or the Bodhisatva or realgar wine or any number of Chinese festivals and locales described in the play, we understand this desire to be loved and accepted.

When we finally left the theater in Oregon, I turned to Joe McGrath and said, “We have to bring this play to our audience in Tucson!” He agreed.

That was four years ago. I am thrilled today to share this beautiful play with you.

With joy,
Cynthia Meier, Director
director@TheRogueTheatre.org

About the Playwright

Mary Zimmerman (Playwright)

Mary Zimmerman (1960– ) is an American theatre director and playwright. Born in Nebraska, she spent much of her childhood in Hampstead Garden, England, and in Paris. She is currently a faculty member in the Performance Studies department at Northwestern University. She is an ensemble member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Manilow Resident Director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Zimmerman received degrees in theatre and performance studies at Northwestern University. She has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards, including the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998. She won a 2002 Tony Award for Best Direction for her adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Other notable productions include Eleven Rooms of Proust, The Secret In The Wings, Pericles Prince of Tyre and Cymbeline.

Zimmerman has adapted several literary works in addition to Metamorphoses, including Journey to the West (performed at The Rogue in September, 2012), The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Argonautika, the Greek story of Jason and the Argonauts' search for the Golden Fleece.

Zimmerman has directed Bellini's La Sonnambula, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor andRossini's Armida for the Metropolitan Opera. She is the director and co-librettist of the 2002 opera Galileo Galilei, with music by Philip Glass, commissioned by the Goodman Theatre.

 

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Cast

The White Snake Patty Gallagher*
The Green Snake Holly Griffith
Xu Xian Ryan Parker Knox*
Fa Hai David Weynand*
Ensemble Bryn Booth
Ensemble Sterling Boyns
Ensemble Marissa Garcia
Ensemble David Greenwood*
Ensemble Grace Kirkpatrick
Ensemble Claire Marie Mannle
Ensemble Joseph McGrath*
   
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Bryn Booth (Ensemble)

Bryn Booth (Ensemble), a recent graduate from the BFA Acting program at the University of Arizona and member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program, is proud to make her debut with the Rogue Theatre in The White Snake. Bryn was most recently seen as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet with Tucson’s Shakespeare in the Park. She performed many times with Arizona Repertory Theatre as Bianca in Othello, Justine in Frankenstein, and Fritzie in Cabaret. In recent years, she had the wonderful pleasure to understudy for Arizona Theatre Company’s productions of Romeo & Juliet as Lady Montague and Lady Capulet, and Of Mice and Men as Curley’s Wife. Bryn is excited to continue working with the Rogue later on this season in Macbeth. She is thankful for her family’s support, always to God for these blessings, and to be given the opportunity to work with such creative artists.
Bryn Booth’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Ed & Nancy Landes.

Sterling Boyns (Ensemble) recently graduated from The University of Arizona with his BFA in Acting. He has appeared with The Rogue in Angels in America, Part One. His past credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lend Me a Tenor, Barefoot in the Park and Rent (Arizona Repertory Theatre). In addition, he has appeared in Fences and Romeo and Juliet (Arizona Repertory Theatre). He has also performed in ATC Café Bohemia’s staged readings of Catapult and Octagon.
Sterling Boyns’ performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Sally Krusing.

Sterling Boyns (Ensemble)
Patty Gallagher (The White Snake)

Patty Gallagher (The White Snake) is an Artistic Associate of The Rogue Theatre and Professor of Theatre Arts at University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches movement, mask, Balinese dance, and clown traditions. With The Rogue, she was last seen as Mrs. Kilbride in By the Bog of Cats, and has performed the roles of Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Mabel in The Lady in the Looking Glass, Madame Moiselle in Dante’s Purgatorio, Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, Kali in Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Red Peter in Kafka’s Monkey, Mrs. Samsa in Metamorphosis, Monkey King in Journey to the West, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Player 1 in Shipwrecked!, Alibech in The Decameron, Ariel in The Tempest, Rani in Naga Mandala, Emilia in Othello, the Player in Act Without Words, Orlando in Orlando, Sonnerie and Scarron in Red Noses, Winnie in Happy Days, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard and Shen Te in The Good Woman of Setzuan. She has worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, The New Pickle Circus, Ripe Time Theatre, Two River Theatre, Teatro Cronopio and Grupo Malayerba. She has performed, choreographed and directed workshops in Asia, South America, Europe, and the U.S. In 2006 she was Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador. In 2014 she was awarded the Pavel Machotka Chair in Creative Studies at UCSC’s Porter College. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from University of Wisconsin–Madison. From 2002 to 2010, she was Director in Residence at the Clown Conservatory, San Francisco Circus Center.
Patty Gallagher’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Barb Dantzler.

Marissa Garcia (Ensemble) has appeared at The Rogue in Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, The Merchant of Venice, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Betrayal, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, and Major Barbara. Marissa has been honored to work for troupes in Colorado and California and graced with the talents of band mates throughout the country. Marissa is a native Tucsonan and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona. Other local roles include: Ann Deever in All My Sons (Live Theatre Workshop), Thomasina Coverly in Arcadia (Arizona Repertory Theatre) and Ana Hernandez in Living Out (Borderlands Theater—Mac Award Nominee, Best Actress).
Marissa Garcia’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Carol Mangold.

Marissa Garcia (Ensemble)
David Greenwood (Ensemble)

David Greenwood (Ensemble) has appeared at The Rogue in The Bridge of San Luis Rey, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Purgatorio, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron and The Rogue’s first production, The Balcony. David has appeared locally in Shining City and The Birthday Party at Beowulf Alley Theatre and The One-Armed Man, The Disposal and The Glass Menagerie at Tucson Art Theatre.
David Greenwood’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Carol Mangold.

Holly Griffith (The Green Snake) is a member of the Acting Ensemble at The Rogue Theatre and has appeared in Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, Tales of the Jazz Age, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Jerusalem, Purgatorio and Arcadia. She has also served as Box Office Assistant, Dramaturg, Stage Manager, and Co-Producer of the John & Joyce Ambruster Play-Reading Series at The Rogue. Holly dabbles in tap, jazz, and ballet dance, and has performed and choreographed for Emerson Dance Company, X-Dance, and Emerson Urban Dance Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Holly holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Arizona, teaches Freshman Composition, and has a fierce interest in the history, culture, and literary tradition of Ireland.
Holly Griffith’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Jim Wilson & Adam Hostetter.

Holly Griffith (The Green Snake)
Grace Kirkpatrick (Ensemble)

Grace Kirkpatrick (Ensemble) has a BFA in Acting and minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She has appeared with The Rogue Theatre in Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One and Miss Julie. Previous credits include Rachel (Reckless), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Madame Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) at the Arizona Repertory Theatre.
Grace Kirkpatrick’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Joan Cook.

Ryan Parker Knox (Xu Xian)   The Rogue’s 12th Anniversary Season marks Ryan’s fifth as a member of the Resident Acting Company. He is constantly humbled and inspired by the fierce intellect and thrilling passion of both his fellow Artists and The Rogue’s loyal patrons. Ryan has previously appeared in Uncle Vanya (2016 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Actor, Comedy), Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Dante’s Purgatorio, Betrayal, Arcadia (2014 Mac Award for Best Actor), Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), Richard III, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, and Journey to the West. He is a BFA Graduate of the University of South Dakota, lived in Minnesota’s Twin Cities for over a decade, and came to Tucson in 2011. Ryan wishes to extend a most sincere and humble thanks to those friends and family members whom have stuck by him throughout everything. He wouldn’t be who or where he is without them.
Ryan Parker Knox’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Kate Phillips & Sheldon Trubatch.

Ryan Parker Knox (Xu Xian)
Claire Marie Mannle (Ensemble)

Claire Marie Mannle (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her debut at The Rogue. Recent roles include Gonzalo in The Tempest and Aemelia in The Comedy of Errors for Arizona Repertory Theatre. You may also recognize her from an Arizona Lottery commercial. She is an Instructor for the School of Theatre, Film, and Television for The University of Arizona. She came to Tucson via Los Angeles where she worked with The Grand Guignolers, Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within, The Antaeus Academy, and SITI Company. She has her MFA from the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theater and her BA from Smith College.
Claire Marie Mannle’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Sally Gershon.

Joseph McGrath (Ensemble) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre and has appeared in Angels in America Part One, Tales of the Jazz Age, Miss Julie, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Richard III, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, The New Electric Ballroom, Shipwrecked!, Major Barbara, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Ghosts, Naga Mandala, Othello, Krapp’s Last Tape, A Delicate Balance (2009 Mac Award for Best Actor), Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Endymion, The Dead, and The Fever. Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company. He has performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has been a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and for seventeen years as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, and Arizona Onstage. Joe owns, with his wife Regina Gagliano, Sonora Theatre Works, which produces theatrical scenery and draperies.
Joseph McGrath’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Jan Linn & Richard Pincus.

Joseph McGrath (Ensemble)
David Weynand (Fa Hai)

David Weynand (Fa Hai) has appeared with The Rogue as Serebryakov in Uncle Vanya. Tucson audiences have seen him in Stella and Lou (Invisible Theatre) and Comedy of Errors, Tempest, Othello and Frankenstein (Arizona Repertory Theatre). He has performed off-Broadway as one man in Night just before the forest (UBU Repertory) and Ron in The Ice Fishing Play (The Samuel Beckett Theatre). Favorite roles in regional theatre include Dvornichek in Rough Crossing (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Etienne in A Flea in Her Ear (St. Louis Repertory Theatre), Hindley in Wuthering Heights (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Tuna Christmas (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Algernon in The Importance of Being Ernest with actor Larry Linville (Capital Repertory), Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hampton Playhouse), Bela Zangler in Crazy for You (Walnut Street Theatre), Lord Henry in  The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wisdom Bridge), Paul in You Can’t Take it With You (Steppenwolf) and Tom/Phyllis/Leslie in Sylvia (Capital Repertory). David holds an MFA in Directing from Texas State and a BFA in Acting from Theatre School at DePaul University/Goodman School of Drama.
David Weynand’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Jean & Jordan Nerenberg.

 

          Music          

Music is supported in part by a generous gift from David Morden

Karen Falkenstrom
Callie Hutchison
Jake Sorgen

Jake Sorgen, Karen Falkenstrom and Callie Hutchison perform preshow music

Jake Sorgen, Karen Falkenstrom and Callie Hutchison perform preshow music

Photo by Tim Fuller

Music Director’s Notes

For a play as musically intricate and rich as The White Snake I have a hard time expressing in words what I’ve tried to accomplish with the score. Though as we’ve solidified the sonic world of Lady Bai—of Westlake, of the Golden Monastery, etc.—I’ve felt more and more that the reason for this comes down to one word: “pure.” This is a pure story in the sense that like many of the great myths and fairy tales from around the world, its message and its beauty speaks for itself.

This is not to say The White Snake is a simple story, nor that the music you’ll hear running almost continuously throughout this production is rudimentary or basic, in fact quite the opposite. Rather what Callie Hutchinson and Karen Falkenstrom have helped me create is a score that aims to speak directly to the earnestness of the love between Lady Bai and Xu Xian, to the excitement and enchanting nature of a visit to Hangzhou, to the angst and worry of a young man who feels unworthy of the love he receives, and to the duality of goodness and darkness in even the most pious among us.

In preparation I’ve researched traditional Chinese musicology, though you’ll hear a range of instruments from a variety of cultures. Drums, cymbals, and string instruments from Japan, China, and Korea plus retuned and repurposed guitars, mandolins, flutes, and fiddles will underscore omniscient cityscapes and climactic battles as well as explore the most internal and private moments of these characters. Weaved throughout are the beautiful singing voices of our actors who spoil me with their dedication to take on this music together.

My deepest thanks to Cindy Meier for her friendship, guidance, and collaboration on this play, Derek Granger for his help with detailed choral work, this wonderful cast, and of course my musical partners Callie and Karen who have far surpassed any expectations I’ve had for what this music could sound like and become.

—Jake Sorgen, Music Director and Composer

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction)

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction and Original Composition) was music director for Uncle Vanya/em>, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem and Awake and Sing at The Rogue Theatre, and has performed as a musician at The Rogue in Purgatorio and Betrayal. Jake is an improviser/composer/musician originally from Woodstock, New York, and has composed for and performed with musicians, actors, and dancers in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, New York, and Tucson. Most recently Jake studied improvised music with violist Mary Oliver and movement with dancer Katie Duck and performed and studied with members of the Instant Composers Pool and the Creative Music Studio in the Netherlands and New York.

Karen Falkenstrom (Percussion) is the co-founder and Director of Odaiko Sonora, Tucson’s taiko (Japanese drumming) team. Since 2002, Karen and her group members have given over a thousand performances at local events. Karen has traveled throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Japan to teach, perform and train in taiko and Japanese folk traditions. Odaiko Sonora provided the music for The Rogue Theatre’s Richard III. A master taiko builder, Karen built the large drum seen in Journey to the West and most of those used in this production of The White Snake.

Karen Falkenstrom (Percussion)
Callie Huchison (Violin and Viola)

Callie Hutchison (Violin and Viola) has performed with everyone from the Tampa Opera to Frank Sinatra Jr. As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed in London, Prague, Dublin, Limerick, Hiroshima and throughout the US, and has studied with acclaimed teachers such as Sally O’Reilly, Carolyn Stewart, Kala Ramnath, Mark Rush and Margaret Pardee. Hutchison completed her Doctorate at the University of Arizona in violin performance and ethnomusicology after attending colleges in Florida and Minnesota. She is currently a member of the music faculty at Cochise College and directs the Cochise County Youth Orchestra.

 

Marissa Garcia, Joseph McGrath, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake, David Greenwood, Grace Kirkpatrick, Sterling Boyns and Claire Marie Mannle

Marissa Garcia, Joseph McGrath, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake,
David Greenwood, Grace Kirkpatrick, Sterling Boyns and Claire Marie Mannle

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

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Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier

Costume design is supported in part by a generous gift from Ellen & Warren Bodow

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Don Fox

Lighting design is supported in part by a generous gift from Bryan & Lizzie Falcón.

 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Christopher Johnson*
Assistant Director Shannon Wallace
Fight Choreography Brent Gibbs
Scenic Artist Eric Jabloner
Set Construction Joseph McGrath & Christopher Johnson
Puppets, Crane Spirit & Stag Spirit Matt Cotten
Costume Construction Karen DeLay, Cynthia Meier, Nanalee Raphael & Barb Tanzillo
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
Lighting Programmer Tori Mays
Lighting Crew Deanna Fitzgerald, Tori Mays, Connor Greene & Jack Viskocil
Choral Rehearsal Director Derek Granger
House Manager Susan Collinet
Assistant House Manager Lizzie Schloss
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith, Allie Knuth & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Don Fox (Lighting Design)

Don Fox (Lighting Design) holds an MFA in Lighting Design from The University of Arizona and a BA in Theatre Administration from St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX. He is a distance/online lighting design instructor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has served as Interim Instructor of Lighting Design at The University of Arizona. Fox is a professional, freelance lighting and scenic designer and theatre producer and consultant whose clients include The Moscow Ballet, The Atlantis Resort Bahamas, Borgata Casino Atlantic City, Silversea Cruises, Music Theatre Wichita, Florida State University, Central Washington University, City Opera Ballet Company Bellevue, the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Shakespeare in the Park, and many others. He is the creator of the techno-rock opera EDM Antigone (visit www.EDMAntigone.com) launching in March, 2017. Locally, he is honored to regularly design for Artifact Dance Project and has designed acclaimed Rogue productions since 2013 including Arcadia, Lady in the Looking Glass, Angels In America, and By The Bog of Cats, among many others. Please visit Don on the web at www.DonFoxDesigns.com.

Christopher Johnson (Stage Manager) is General Manager of The Rogue, where he serves as an Artistic Associate, actor, director and stage manager. Favorite Rogue credits include Angels in America (2016 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award, Best Actor, Drama), Tales of the Jazz Age, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and As I Lay Dying. Stage managing credits include productions of Oleanna, Steel Magnolias, Angel Street, The Importance of Being Earnest, Moon Over Buffalo, Cowboy Mouth, two seasons of The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Winter Festival, and The Rogue’s productions of Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats and The Lady in the Looking Glass.
Christopher’s stage management is supported in part by a generous gift from Kathleen McGrath & Jerry James.

Christopher Johnson (Stage Manager)
Shannon Wallace (Assistant Director)

Shannon Wallace (Assistant Director) is grateful to be working with The Rogue Theatre again, having previously been stage manager for Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and The Picture of Dorian Gray. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing on both stage management and lighting design. During her time in school she worked on over 25 productions with Arizona Repertory Theatre, including: Bat Boy: The Musical, Avenue Q, Love Song, Cymbeline, Nine, Boeing Boeing, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Oklahoma!, Lend Me A Tenor, The Full Monty and Othello. She also worked at Arizona Theatre Company on their Summer on Stage productions of Elephant’s Graveyard and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Additionally, she had the opportunity to work as assistant stage manager for Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s The Christmas Show 2014. And she enjoyed a summer with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, working as part of the company and events management team.

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13. Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow during the inaugural production of the National Theatre (Hamlet, directed by Olivier.) He transferred to architectural lighting, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting many shows on both sides of the Atlantic. When the Rogue established itself at the Historic “Y” in 2009, he volunteered for the initial season, returning in 2013 with  lighting designer Don Fox, and later working with Deanna Fitzgerald. He devised the installation of the permanent wiring system that enables lighting teams to devote more time to the creative process. For the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation he directs the technical and logistical aspects of fundraisers, including the fashion show Moda Provocateur.

Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician
Susan Collinet, House Manager

Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 2008. Decades before returning to college as a non-traditional student, Susan spent twenty years in amateur theater, mostly on the East coast, as well as in Brussels, Belgium in the American Theater of Brussels, and the Theatre de Chenois in Waterloo. She has worked in such positions as a volunteer bi-lingual guide in the Children’s Museum of Brussels, the Bursar of a Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona, an entrepreneur with two “Susan’s of Scottsdale” hotel gift shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the volunteer assistant Director of Development of the Arizona Aids Project in Phoenix. Susan continues to work on collections of poetry and non-fiction. Her writing has won awards from Sandscript Magazine, the John Hearst Poetry Contest, the Salem College for Women’s Center for Writing, and was published in a Norton Anthology of Student’s Writing. In addition to being House Manager, Susan serves on the Board of Directors and acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Rogue.

 

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

Photos by Tim Fuller

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Performance Schedule for The White Snake

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
Click here for information on free off-street parking

Performance run time of The White Snake is two hours, including one ten-minute intermission.
Run time does not include the music preshow beginning 15 minutes before curtiain, or post-show discussion.

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7:30pm OPENING NIGHT
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:30 pm
Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:30 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 pm
Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

 

 

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Xu Xian, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake  and Holly Griffith as the Green Snake

Ryan Parker Knox as Xu Xian, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and Holly Griffith as the Green Snake

 

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake, Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake, Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

 

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