M. Butterfly to Make Philly Premiere in January 2008

News   M. Butterfly to Make Philly Premiere in January 2008
Philadelphia Theatre Company has added M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang to its upcoming season.

The drama of political intrigue, racial stereotypes and sexual deception will run Jan. 18-Feb. 17, 2008, in PTC's new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts.

Joe Calarco will direct. This marks the 20th anniversary since the premiere of M. Butterfly. PTC is presenting the Philadelphia premiere of the Tony Award-winning play.

As previously announced, the 2007-08 season will include the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Oct. 23-Dec. 2), Third by Wendy Wasserstein (March 21-April 20, 2008) and the world premiere of The Happiness Lecture written and performed by Bill Irwin.

PTC's producing artistic director is Sara Garonzik.

Based on a true story, M. Butterfly "captivates with a provocative story of lust, politics, and betrayal," according to PTC. "A French diplomat falls in love with a Chinese opera singer who is to him, the 'perfect woman,' yet this Chinese butterfly of his passions is ultimately revealed to be far more than she seems. M. Butterfly weaves many parallels and ironic reversals of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly as it explores the stereotypes that underlie and distort relations between Eastern and Western cultures, and between men and women." For more information about Philadelphia Theatre Company and its commitment to contemporary plays and musicals, call (215) 985-0420 or (866) 985-0420, or visit www.phillytheatreco.com.

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