You don’t need to go to a travel agent and book THE TRIP OF YOUR LIFETIME—Let Constellation Theatre Company take you places you cannot imagine!
In Journey to the West, the artistry of director Allison Arkell Stockman and playwright Mary Zimmerman converge for a multi-layered experience.
A Buddhist monk (according to ancient Chinese legend) is in search of sacred scriptures in India. Along the way, he meets a rambunctious monkey (the mind which flips and turns), an insatiable pig (the body and base appetites), and a fiery river monster (heart and muscle).
What started as the re-telling of a historic pilgrimage of a 7th century monk, and became the legend that was recorded as one of China’s four classical novels in the 16th century, has in turn spawned hundreds of films, operas and books on into the 21st century.
Over the centuries, the miles and years of this journey expanded until the trip became 108,000 miles to go over 1,000 mountains and cross 1,000 rivers!
Clever, colorful and comical, this cartoon like adventure story is one that entertains even as it edifies. Rather than exploit the differences between several systems of ancient Eastern philosophies —let alone the dichotomy with modern Western beliefs—this faith fable is a universal experience.
Add music by Tom Teaseley, the first class ensemble, the fantasy costumes and the risky balancing acts— The Journey into the West is one trip to totally enjoy as we move along on our own life’s journey.
Until May 22 at CONSTELLATION THEATRE COMPANY at 1835 14th ST NW, WASHINGTON DC
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