M. Butterfly, Starring Clive Owen and Jin Ha, Opens on Broadway
Julie Taymor directs the new revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning drama.
Clive Owen and Jin Ha lead the cast as Rene Gallimard and Song Liling, alongside a company featuring Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Scott Weber, Emmanuel Brown, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong. Check out TheaterMania's photos in the gallery below.
The story of M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer — a love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, East and West — while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.
For the revival, Hwang introduces new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play's 1988 premiere.