Constructed as a series of flashbacks narrated by imprisoned diplomat Gallimard, the play is an intricate series of realities inside themselves, turned inside out. Even as we follow the narrative of the lovers’ affair, it is being refracted through both overt and disguised burlesque deconstructions of Madame Butterfly, both the original David Belasco play and Puccini’s opera. As we watch, the question becomes, “Who is Butterfly – the beautiful Song Liling or Gallimard?” And yes, this Drama Desk “Best Play” winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee that originally starred John Lithgow and B.D. Wong is exceptionally startling because of its truth.
Please be advised: This play contains adult language and themes along with brief nudity. As with all of our JET produced shows, ticket exchanges are welcome prior to your performance date.