‘M. Butterfly’ Will Enchant Manila Once Again This September!

Renuel Fallore

Posted at September 01, 2018

M. BUTTERFLY - The Tony Award Winner for Best Play written by David Henry Hwang, is all set to open on September 13 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City.

Presented by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), M. BUTTERFLY will be directed by award-winning Kanakan-Balintagos.

This classic masterpiece drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini's opera “Madame Butterfly” is loosely based on events surrounding a 1986 espionage trial about a mysterious Chinese opera singer and a French diplomat.

RS Francisco shall reprise his epic portrayal of Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer who is Gallimard’s object of affection and seduces him through his biases of the East then exploits their intimacy to collect classified information for agents of the Chinese Communist Party.

In May 1990, RS Francisco essayed this role for Dulaang UP opposite veteran actor, writer and critic Behn Cervantes to critical acclaim and box office success. Extended runs played to full house theater audiences and tours to the key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao marked this poignant drama’s run in Philippine theater history.

This re-staging of M. Butterfly will be 100% non-profit. Net proceeds from each performance will be dedicated to ONE particular charitable institution or organization geared toward education and the arts.

Among the 14 beneficiaries are: Hope for Change - funds the full education (from elementary to college) of children in Tondo; Love Yourself Foundation - cultivates HIV awareness; Teach for the Philippines -  develops leaders for education equity by enlisting some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach in public schools throughout the Philippines. Check out its playdates below!

Sept. 13 – Thursday – Gala Opening Night – 8 pm

Sept. 14 – Friday – 8 pm

Sept. 15 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm

Sept. 16 – Sunday – 3 pm

Sept. 21 – Friday – 8 pm

Sept . 22 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm

Sept. 23 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm

Sept. 28 – Friday – 8 pm

Sept. 29 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm

Sept. 30 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm

For more details, feel free to check out their official Facebook page!

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