M. Butterfly

M. Butterfly

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Overview


Synopsis

M. Butterfly tells the story of a French diplomat posted in China, Rene Gallimard, who is brought to ruin and eventually convicted for espionage after a twenty-year affair with a Beijing Opera diva. The diva, citing her Chinese modesty, manages to never appear naked in front of Gallimard. Thus, not only had Gallimard failed to recognize that this lover was a spy; he'd also failed to recognize that "she" was a he. The singer spies on Gallimard for the Chinese government, using Gallimard's own fantasies of submissive oriental femininity to deceive and manipulate him. The play is set in Beijing and Paris.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Cast Size
medium
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult, late teen characters