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This show closed on February 17, 2019

About M. Butterfly

When we build fantasies to hide the truth, what happens when it all comes tumbling down? Clever parallels to the famous opera Madame Butterfly abound in this fearless play about a French diplomat who falls for a Chinese opera star: the ideal, exotic woman in his mind, but in reality, a man with a secret mission. Rich with deeper themes, "M. Butterfly" confronts the perception of Eastern culture by the West and the persistent romanticism that clouds it.

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Recommended for ages 16 and up. This production contains nudity.

With M. Butterfly David Henry Hwang joins the first string of American playwrights. This is an audaciously imaginative play, big in conception and theme, and a satisfying instance of a talented writer hitting full stride.
It will move you, it will thrill you, it may even surprise you. It is a play not to be missed, and it is a play once caught that will never be forgotten.
NY Post

ArtsWest Playhouse

4711 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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