In his prison cell, Rene Gallimard (Kit Wilder) is caught up in his memories of the perfect woman. Photos by Mike Ko / siliconvalleydesigns.com.

M. BUTTERFLY

By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Jeffrey Bracco
March 19-April 19, 2015
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. (starting March 29) at 2 p.m.
One Wednesday performance, on April 15, at 8 p.m.
No performances on March 22 and April 5.

Drawn from real-life events, this modern classic weaves realism, ritual, and vivid theatricality into a haunting tale of a French diplomat’s gradual, inevitable submission to the charms of a Chinese opera star who personifies his fantasy vision of submissive oriental sexuality. M. Butterfly underscores the irony of that fantasy as it parallels the events of Puccini’s famous opera Madama Butterfly and becomes a powerful exploration of East-West relations and the persistent romanticism that clouds and complicates them to this day.  “It will move you, it will thrill you, it may even surprise you. It is a play not to be missed.” – New York Post


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