- M Butterfly is playing at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater.
- The play’s sales will be given to several charities.
- M Butterfly is helmed by the award-winning director Kanakan Balintagos.
M Butterfly is a masterpiece written by David Henry Hwang which is playing at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater throughout September. The play stars Olivier Borten, Pinky Amador, Norman McLeod, Lee O’Brian, Mayen Estañero, Maya Encila, Rica Nepomuceno and RS Francisco.
M Butterfly is helmed by the award-winning director Kanakan Balintagos.
Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Madama Butterfly has been referenced a lot in the play, M Butterfly. Giacomo Puccini‘s play was about an American Naval officer, John Pinkerton who purchased a house for himself and his fiancé Butterfly. Pinkerton, however, left Butterfly who gave birth to their son.
When he came back to Japan, Pinkerton already has a new wife, Kate, who agreed to raise Butterfly’s child as her own. Devastated at losing both Pinkerton and her son, Butterfly cuts her own throat. When Pinkerton rushed into the room, she had already died.
Olivier’s character as Rene Gallimard mentioned this play often. He even had a step-by-step process in capturing his Butterfly.
Paying It Forward.
Each night, a different beneficiary will be helped through the ticket sales of the play, M Butterfly. These are the selected organizations that will be benefiting from the re-staging of M Butterfly:
Love Yourself, Inc.
Philippine Stagers Foundation
Teach for the Philippines
Environmental Legal Assistance
Love Lipa Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Trip to Quiapo Workshops
Philippine High School for the Arts
Philippine Science High School Foundation
Arko ni Apo Gallery
Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Animal Rehabilitation Center Quezon City
Love is All We Need
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish
Calumpang Elementary School
Hope 4 Change
Lee O’Brian’s theatrical debut.
More known as comedienne Pokwang‘s partner, American actor Lee O’Brian makes his theatrical debut in M Butterfly. He has been acting on television and movies since 2004. In the play, he portrays Marc, the loud and sexually unapologetic best friend. His portrayal looked innate and natural.
RS Francisco Repeats Breakout Role.
RS Francisco considers M Butterfly as one of the biggest milestones in his acting career. He has already portrayed Song Liling when he was only 18. That performance made him talk of the theater circuit. This unforgettable role means a lot to RS whose 2018 portrayal of Song Liling is bolder and more astounding.