Individual Author Record
Name: Mary Alice ZimmermanPen Name: None Genre: Born: N/A Sites:
Illinois ConnectionManilow Resident Director - Goodman Theatre
Biographical and Professional InformationMary Alice Zimmerman is a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
- Metamorphosis, Northwestern, 2002
- The Arabian Nights, Northwestern, 2003
- The Odyssey, A Play, Northwestern, 2003
- Journey to the West, Northwestern, 2004
Titles At Your Library
Metamorphoses: A Play
ISBN: 0810119781 Northwestern University Press. 2002 This play is based on Ovid's 15-volume work of transformation myths. Positioned in and around a large pool on the stage, the characters enact Zimmerman's adaptations of Ovid's tales, juxtaposing the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image. The tone of the drama likewise echoes the themes of change and contrast, from the humour of Phaeton's therapy session to the tragedy of Midas and his daughter. The volume contains a production history, the play script, and, because the visual aspect of the play is important, photographs from some of its past productions.
The Arabian Nights: A Play
ISBN: 0810120941 Northwestern University Press. 2003
A twelve-member cast enacts Scheherazade's tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams. Scheherazade's cliffhanger stories prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her, and after 1,001 nights, Shahryar is cured of his madness, and Scheherazade returns to her family. This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights with the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people. The final scene brings the audience back to a modern day Baghdad with the wail of air raid sirens threatening the rich culture and history that are embodied by these tales.
The Odyssey: A Play
ISBN: 0810120933 Northwestern University Press. 2003
This dramatic adaptation of Homer's myth begins with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey. A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena--a tireless advocate for Odysseus in his struggle to get home. With her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works, Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus's ten-year journey, depicting his encounters with characters such as Circe, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens, and others.
Journey to the West: A Play
ISBN: 0810120925 Northwestern University Press. 2004
This adaptation of a late sixteenth-century classic Chinese comic novel, Journey to the West, based on Anthony C. Yu’s translation, takes as its point of departure the true story of a seventh-century monk and his fabled pilgrimage from China to India in search of sacred texts. Mixing whimsy with spiritual weight, Zimmerman’s script combines comedy, adventure, and satire in a moving allegory of human perseverance.