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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Alice Zimmerman  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

-- Mary Alice Zimmerman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

*Manilow Resident Director - Goodman Theatre

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Alice Zimmerman is a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

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Titles At Your Library

Metamorphoses: A Play
ISBN: 0810119781

Northwestern University Press. 2002

Called by Time the "theater event of the year," Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses brings Ovid's tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. Nominated for three 2002 Tony Awards, including "Best Play," Metamorphoses earned Zimmerman a Tony for "Best Direction of a Play."

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.


  • 20 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Tony Award for Best Direction for ''Metamorphosis''

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