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Zimmerman, Mary

Overview
Works: 25 works in 72 publications in 3 languages and 3,172 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Operas  Acting editions  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Internet videos  Televised performances  Nonfiction television programs  Mythological plays  Folklore  Filmed performances 
Roles: Author, Director, Producer, Librettist, Performer, Adapter
Classifications: PS3576.I66, 812.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mary Zimmerman
Metamorphoses : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play is based on David R. Slavitt's translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid - Monologues
The Arabian nights : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Zimmerman's adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling. King Shahryar marries, loves, then kills a young woman each night - until he encounters Scheherezade. For one thousand and one nights, he delays her murder as he eagerly awaits her next tale of love, lust, hilarity, or sorrow. The final scene brings the audience back to modern-day Baghdad, and distant air-raid sirens warn of the danger threatening the land that produced the encyclopedia of human experience, imagination, and poetry that is The Arabian Nights. Notes on casting and staging, a transcript of a sample improvised scene, and production photographs are included in the volume."--Jacket
The Odyssey : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Odyssey( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Odysseus must travel the known and unknown world before he can return home to his beloved island kingdom of Ithaca. What does this ancient story say to readers today? In this program, Odysseus's story is given ancient and modern historical and philosophical context, and illustrated with centuries of art. Featured are theater director Mary Zimmerman, actor-director Tim Blake-Nelson, and psychologist/author Jonathan Shay
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucia suffers when her brother Enrico schemes to save their family from ruin by manipulating her into a loveless marriage. She falls in love with her brother's enemy and is eventually driven mad
Armida by Gioacchino Rossini( Visual )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armida tells the story of a vengeful sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison
Argonautika : the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The white snake : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on an ancient Chinese legend in which a snake spirit transforms herself into a beautiful woman in order to experience the human world
The secret in the wings : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings adapts a group of lesser-known fairy tales to create a theatrical work that sets their dark mystery against her signature wit and humor. The framing story concerns a child and the frightening babysitter with whom her parents leave her. As the babysitter reads from a book, the characters in each of the tales materialize, with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment before giving way to the next one. The central tale is told without interruption, after which each previous tale is successively resumed, with each looming disaster averted. As in Zimmerman's other productions, here she uses costumes, props, sets, and lighting to brilliant effect, creating images and feelings that render the fairy tales in all their elemental and enduring power."--Publisher's Web site
Journey to the west : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This adaptation of a late sixteenth-century classic Chinese 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
Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass( Recording )

2 editions published in 2013 in Undetermined and English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bellini's romantic opera 'La sonnambula' (1831), hinges on the love and misunderstanding between Elvino and Amina (the 'sleepwalker' of the title). Discovered in the bedroom of Rodolfo, Amina is assumed to have been unfaithful, and Elvino cancels their wedding. But in the dramatic final scene, he witnesses Amina sleepwalking, understands her innocence, and all ends happily. Mary Zimmerman's production plays with the dual realities of a rehearsal of the opera and a performance of the opera itself. In his latest Decca DVD release, bel canto star Juan Diego Flórez assumes the role of Elvino in Bellini's romantic drama, playing opposite the mercurial French soprano, Natalie Dessay, in the MET's striking, modern-dress production, screening live worldwide in March 2009. The MET's 'La Sonnambula' website reads: "Mary Zimmerman, who directed Natalie Dessay in last season's hit new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, underlines La Sonnambula's dual elements of sleep and wakefulness in an intriguing staging set in the present. Bellini's hauntingly lyrical score soars as performed by Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, back from their sensational run together in La Fille du Régiment in leading opera houses around the world."The DVD release will benefit from the addition of the customary MET backstage and interview footage, familiar to devotees of their live worldwide cinema broadcasts. Following Flórez's latest DVD release (Cenerentola, in October 2009), 2010 will also see a second Flórez DVD - Bellini's 'I Puritani', with Nino Machaidze, from Bologna
The actor retires by Bruce Norris( )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Playwright and actor Bruce Norris of Steppenwolf Theatre Company fame presents a hilarious comedy in which an actor decides to end his career, burn his head shots and resumés, and become a serious furniture maker."--Leaf A. Theatre Works, Audio Theatre Collection
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragic tale of "the bride of Lammermoor" has always been a favorite of opera-goers and sopranos alike. Yet with the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay in the title role, Lucia's plight and descent into madness take on another dimension. Joseph Calleja is an ardent Edgardo, the man she loves but is not allowed to marry. Instead, her brother Enrico (Ludovic Tézier) forces her into a union with the rich Arturo (Matthew Plenk) to save the family fortunes. It proves too much to bear for Lucia--but certainly not for Met audiences, who hailed Dessay's stunning performance of this iconic bel canto role
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Italian and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Star soprano Anna Netrebko adds Donizetti's hapless heroine to her growing list of Met triumphs in this production by Mary Zimmerman that updates the events to the 19th century. Rising young tenor sensation Piotr Beczala is Edgardo and Mariusz Kwiecien plays Lucia's brother Enrico whose brutal authority forces her to deny her heart and marry for the sake of her family. The famous mad scene brilliantly depicts the cascading fragments of Lucia's disintegrating mind
Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in Czech and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since her 2013 debut as Magda in La Rondine, Kristine Opolais has become familiar to Met audiences in the works of Giacomo Puccini. In 2016, the soprano's performances as the title heroine of Dvořák's Rusalka allowed her to show off another of her signature roles. In a new production by Mary Zimmerman, this classic tale of a water sprite yearning to become a human to find love starts as a whimsical fairytale but quickly develops into a heartbreaking tragedy. On the podium, Sir Mark Elder leads a stirring account of Dvořák's score, drawing a rich palette of musical colors from the Met Orchestra. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich gives a virile performance as the infatuated Prince, alongside bass Eric Owens as Rusalka's father, the Water Gnome, and Jamie Barton as the devilish sorceress Ježibaba
Treasure Island : a play by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scottish-born Robert Louis Stevenson's nautical epic Treasure Island was first serialized in Young Folks (a British magazine for children) from October 1881 to January 1882. In November 1883, it was published by Cassell & Company, London, as a novel. This beloved coming-of-age work became Stevenson's first financial success. Mary Zimmerman's glorious rendition is a straightforward retelling of the pirates' swashbuckling mid-18th century adventures amidst mutiny, rum, and buried treasure on an exotic island. Young (perhaps in his early teens), brave Jim Hawkins has recently lost his father. He is an average, middle-class child of the late Victorian era, who signs on as the cabin boy aboard the Hispaniola in order to assist his widowed mother with the family's economic situation. Jim's antagonist, the peg-legged and morally ambiguous buccaneer Long John Silver, is both a malicious mutineer and (upon occasion) a charismatic father figure whom Jim learns to love. Treasure Island explodes like a cannon ball onto the stage regaling thrill-seekers of all ages with a story both epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Arabian Nights) has penned a glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's most beloved novel"--Provided by publisher
Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Typescript, dated Nov. 5, 1998
The odyssey : a play ; based on Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey by Homer by Mary Zimmerman( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Henry VIII by William Shakespeare( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Typescript, undated
 
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Metamorphoses : a play
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The Arabian nights : a playThe Odyssey : a playThe odyssey : a play ; based on Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey by Homer
Alternative Names
Mary Zimmerman Amerikaans toneelregisseuse

Mary Zimmerman US-amerikanische Theaterregisseurin, Dramaturgin

Мэри Зиммерман

Languages
English (37)

Italian (25)

Czech (1)