JAN 24 – FEB 17 2019
By David Henry Hwang Directed by Samip Raval
1988 Tony Award Winner – Best Play
1988 Drama Desk Award Winner – Outstanding New Play
1989 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
When we build fantasies to hide the truth, what happens when the walls come 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 the truth is beyond his imagination. Hailed as a modern classic, M. Butterfly deftly skewers the perception of Eastern culture by the West and the persistent romanticism that clouds it.
“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.” —Variety “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
Note: this production features nudity and graphic language.
ArtsWest’s 2018-19 Season, BEYOND IDEAS, features four Seattle premieres, work by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, and a world premiere musical:
- M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang (Jan 24 – Feb 17, 2019)
- John by Annie Baker (Mar 14 – April 7, 2019)
- Office Hour by Julia Cho (May 2 – May 26, 2019)
- The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion by Justin Heurtas (Jun 20 – Jul 28, 2019)
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Kathy Hsieh is an award-winning actor, writer and director, most recently seen in White Snake with ReAct, as Titania in the ASL Midsummer Night’s Dream with Sound Theatre and Mary Chun in American Hwangap at West of Lenin. She was nominated for an Elly Award for acting for Chinglish in Nevada City, and won Footlight and Gypsy Awards for acting for Chinglish at ArtsWest, and the Gregory…