M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly
April 17 - June 06, 2010
Wurtele Thrust Stage

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.


Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater

VIDEO: Interview with playwright David Henry Hwang (Part 1)
VIDEO: Interview with playwright David Henry Hwang (Part 2)

Run time

2 hours 20 minutes including one intermission


Rene Gallimard
Andrew Long
 Song Liling
Randy Reyes
 Sharpless/Marc/Man #2
Lee Mark Nelson
 Renee/Girl in Magazine
Katie Guentzel
 Suzuki/Shu-Fang/Comrade Chin
Tina Chilip
 Helga/Woman at Party
Charity Jones
M. Toulon/Judge/Man #1
Nathaniel Fuller
Kurogo Dancers
Sherwin F. Resurreccion
Eric Sharp
Momoko Tanno

Artistic Staff

Peter Rothstein
 Set Designer
Allen Moyer
Costume Designer 
Linda Cho
Lighting Designer
Marcus Dilliard
 Sound Designer Scott W. Edwards
 Dramaturg Jo Holcomb
 Movement Marcela Lorca
Voice and Dialect Consultant
Elisa Carlson
 Asian Discipline Consultant David Furumoto
 Stage Manager
Martha Kulig
 Assistant Stage Managers

Jason Clusman
Elizabeth R. MacNally

 Assistant Director Dionne Laviolette

Photo Gallery

production photos by Michal Daniel