Madame Butterfly, one of the world's great love stories—and one of the most tragic—has gone through many transformations. While the other treatments have Westernized the story to some extent (Puccini's opera uses European music), Jerome McDonough focuses on Japanese characteristics and traditions, and he has incorporated one of the most horrible events the world has ever known: the explosion of the atomic bomb over Nagasaki. This version begins in 1938 when an American unites in a Japanese marriage with the geisha, Butterfly. For him the union is merely a pastime; for her it is life itself. When he leaves without her, she waits faithfully for him to keep his promise to return. From her house overlooking the harbor of Nagasaki, she and their son watch for his ship. The date is December 6, 1941—the day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He finally does return to the devastated city after World War II has ended, and he finds ... ?
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code BK2000
- Cast Size 13
- Min. Royalty Rate $65/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 60 min
- Target Audience College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Senior Theatre | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Drama | Tragedy
- ISBN(13) 9780886803902
- "Butterfly was a nice introduction into Kabuki theatre for my students. They were very enthusiastic about the show, and the production was well received by the audience."
- Review by Janice Harris, East Gaston Senior High School, Mount Holly, N.C.