M. Butterfly
by David Henry Hwang
directed by Desdemona Chiang
May 11, 2019 - June 8, 2019

1819-300x300-mbutterflyWhen this rich, compelling drama debuted on Broadway, it became an instant sensation, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle ​awards. A married French diplomat. A mysterious Chinese opera diva. A passionate 20-year affair. Inspired by true events, this break-out hit by the author of Chinglish and Golden Child proved much more than a steamy tale of seduction. Obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy make for a remarkable tale of espionage and betrayal described as “visionary” by The New York Times.

Previews: May 11–16, 2019
First Night: ​May 17, 2019
Regular Performances: May 18–June 8, 2019

Recommendation: High school and above. Adult language, sexuality and nudity.

David Henry Hwang’s plays include M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 Obie Award, 2008 Pulitzer Finalist), FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), and Bondage. He wrote the books for the Broadway musicals Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA (coauthor), the revival of Flower Drum Song (2002 Tony nomination), and Disney’s Tarzan. In opera, his libretti include Philip Glass’ The Voyage (Metropolitan Opera), Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Unsuk Chin’s Alice In Wonderland (Opernwelt 2007 “World Premiere of the Year”), and Howard Shore’s The Fly. Hwang also penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate, and Possession (coauthor). He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  

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