by David Henry Hwang
directed by Peter Rothstein
From his prison cell, former French diplomat Rene Gallimard recalls the story of how he came to be loved by Song Liling, a performer in the Peking opera. Assigned to Beijing in the 1960s, Gallimard encounters Song in a performance of Madame Butterfly. Dazzled by her beauty, he believes he has found "the perfect woman," and uses his Western influence to ensnare this exotic butterfly. Their relationship develops into a passionate love affair that lasts more than two decades, yet when Song's identity is revealed - as a man and a spy for the Chinese government - Gallimard discovers far more than the submissive leading lady he wanted, and his personal and political realities dissolve before his eyes.
M. Butterfly marks the first Guthrie staging of Hwang's work and stars Randy Reyes (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona) and Andrew Long (Gross Indecency).
This production contains nudity and smoking.
ResourcesPlay Guide created by the Guthrie Theater
VIDEO: Interview with playwright David Henry Hwang (Part 1)
VIDEO: Interview with playwright David Henry Hwang (Part 2)
2 hours 20 minutes including one intermission
| Song Liling
| Sharpless/Marc/Man #2
||Lee Mark Nelson
| Renee/Girl in Magazine
| Suzuki/Shu-Fang/Comrade Chin
| Helga/Woman at Party
|M. Toulon/Judge/Man #1
||Sherwin F. Resurreccion
| Set Designer
|Sound Designer||Scott W. Edwards
|Voice and Dialect Consultant
|Asian Discipline Consultant||David Furumoto
| Stage Manager
|Assistant Stage Managers||
|Assistant Director||Dionne Laviolette