ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
4711 California Avenue Southwest, Junction, Seattle
When we build fantasies to hide the truth, what happens when the walls come tumbling down?
Clever parallels to the famous opera Madame Butterfly abound in this fearless play about a French diplomat who falls for a Chinese opera star – the ideal, exotic woman in his mind, but the truth is beyond his imagination. Hailed as a modern classic, M. Butterfly deftly skewers the perception of Eastern culture by the West and the persistent romanticism and objectification that clouds it.