The White Snake
Packard, William (American playwright, editor, author, ____-____), “The White Snake,”
a __-minute drama in English in sixteen scenes, set in China, ____,
© 1973 by William Packard;
• in The Red Pear Garden: Three Great Dramas of Revolutionary China, edited by John Dietrich Mitchell (1917-____), introduction by Richard E. Strassberg (Boston: D. R. Godine, 1973), 285 pp., ISBN 0879230738, LCCN 73081068, containing John Dietrich Mitchell and D. Chang’s “The Staging of Peking Opera”; “The White Snake,” a translation of Pai She Chuan, translated by D. Chang, English verse adaptation by W. Packard”; S. C. Li’s “The Wild Boar Forest,” a translation of Yeh Chu Lin, translated by J. D. Mitchell and D. Chang; “Taking Tiger Mountain by strategy,” a translation of Chih ch`ü Wei-hu shan, collectively written and revised by members of the Peking Opera Troupe in Shanghai, translated by R. E. Strassberg;
• script/rights available from William Packard through source listed in Mitchell anthology or through New York Quarterly.
• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), p. 249, ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054.
_____ (m), snake spirit husband; _____ (m), interfering priest; _____ (f ), mortal wife.
“Portrays conflict of snake spirit married to a mortal as she yearns for earthly love, symbol of freedom, and fights to protect her marriage from forces of oppression, represented by interfering priest.
• “Contemporary version of Chinese White Snake legend viewed as allegory of historic struggle of Chinese against feudal oppression.”—Fidell, 249.
• The full works included in the Mitchell anthology are (1) Li, Shao-ch`un. Yeh chu lin. English. © 1973; (2) Shang-hai ching chü t`uan. Chih ch`ü Wei-hu shan chü tsu. Chih ch`ü Wei-hu shan. English © 1973 (3) Pai she chuan. English. © 1973.
• William Packard is editor of the New York Quarterly and author of the highly successful The Art of Screenwriting.
China, freedom, legend, love, marriage, mortal, oppression, priest, snake, spirit.