"M. Butterfly" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"M. Butterfly"
A discussion of various elements of David Henry Hwang's play.
# 24966 | 1,125 words | 4 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2003 in Drama and Theater (American) , English (Analysis)


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Discussion of various elements of David Henry Hwang's play. Funding. Choice of director. First performance of play in 1988. Success of the play and Tony Award for Best Costumes. Physical and symbolic description of the set. Musical selections. Characters. Plot and issues of the play. Purpose of nude scene. 2 illustrations.

From the Paper:

"M. Butterfly is David Henry Hwang’s intriguing dream of love and intrigue. The producer of this particular play was Stuart Ostrow and according to Mr. Hwang, the idea was presented to Ostrow, who provided some start-up funding for the writing of the project. The project was based on a two-page treatment that Hwang sent to Ostrow. Ostrow kept the treatment and was able to reproduce it the night M. Butterfly won the Tony. Hwang was a bit inured by the fact that he had proposed a musical and Ostrow produced musicals. Upon confrontation, though, Ostrow was enthralled by the piece and insisted on taking it straight to Broadway rather than working it through a regional theatre program first as Hwang felt was necessary.

Ostrow suggested director John Dexter as the proposed director for this play. Dexter originally began acting while in the ..."

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