Based on a true story that stunned the world, M. Butterfly opens in the cramped prison cell where diplomat Rene Gallimard is being held captive by the French government-and by his own illusions. In the darkness of his cell he recalls a time when desire seemed to give him wings. A time when Song Liling, the beautiful Chinese diva, touched him with a love as vivid, as seductive-and as elusive-as a butterfly. How could he have known, then, that his ideal woman was, in fact, a spy for the Chinese government-and a man disguised as a woman? In a series of flashbacks, the diplomat relives the twenty-year affair from the temptation to the seduction, from its consummation to the scandal that ultimately consumed them both. But in the end, there remains only one truth: Whether or not Gallimard's passion was a flight of fancy, it sparked the most vigorous emotions of his life. Only in real life could love become so unreal. And only in such a dramatic tour de force do we learn how a fantasy can become a man's mistress-as well as his jailer. M. Butterfly is one of the most compelling, explosive, and slyly humorous dramas ever to light the Broadway stage, a work of unrivaled brilliance, illuminating the conflict between men and women, the differences between East and West, racial stereotypes-and the shadows we cast around our most cherished illusions.
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|Grouped Work ID||4d2bf7ee-1315-6f12-f5fc-353e3591235e|
|Grouping Title||m butterfly|
|Grouping Author||david henry hwang|
|Grouping Language||English (eng)|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-12-04 00:02:01AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-12-04 04:20:34AM|
|Novelist Primary ISBN||none|
Dukes, David, 1945-2000.
Lithgow, John, 1945-
Wong, B. D.
|author||Hwang, David Henry, 1957-|
Wong, B. D.|Performer
|author_display||Hwang, David Henry|
|available_at_santafe||Main Library (Curbside Pickup)|
Online Hoopla Collection
|display_description||John Lithgow and B. D. Wong recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance starring John Lithgow and B.D. Wong alongside Margaret Cho, David Dukes, Joanna Frank, Arye Gross and Kathryn Layng.|
|owning_library_santafe||Santa Fe Public Library|
|owning_location_santafe||Main Library (Curbside Pickup)|
|subject_facet||Diplomats -- France -- Drama|
Espionage, Chinese -- Drama
Sex in espionage -- Drama
Singers -- China -- Drama
|title_full||M. Butterfly / by David Henry Hwang ; with an afterword by the playwright|
M. Butterfly [electronic resource] Hwang, David Henry, 1957-
Sex in espionage