M. Butterfly

Written by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Shirley Chen ’21 and Eric Cheng ’20
Produced by Marisa Trapani ’20 and Yena Cho ’20


The Loeb Ex

Friday, November 1 at 7 pm
Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm, 7 pm
Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm
Thursday,  November 7 at 7 pm
Friday, November 8 at 7 pm
Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission.

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Due to this production’s incorporation of themes including race, sexuality, gender, and suicide, it is advised that children under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult.


M. Butterfly tells the story of a French diplomat posted in China, Rene Gallimard, who is brought to ruin and eventually convicted for espionage after a twenty-year affair with a Beijing Opera diva. The diva, citing her Chinese modesty, manages to never appear naked in front of Gallimard. Thus, not only had Gallimard failed to recognize that this lover was a spy; he’d also failed to recognize that “she” was in fact a he. The singer spies on Gallimard for the Chinese government, using Gallimard’s own fantasies of submissive oriental femininity to deceive and manipulate him.

Loosely based on the real-life relationship between a French diplomat and male Peking opera singer, David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning drama is a deconstruction and critique of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.


Rene Gallimard …
Song Liling … Eric Cheng
Marc/Man #2/Consul Sharpless Renee/Woman at Party/Girl in Magazine …
Comrade Chin/Suzuki/Shu Fang Helga …
M. Toulon/Man #1/Judge …
Kurogo …


Director … Shirley Chen
Director … Eric Cheng
Finance Producer … Yena Cho
Pub Producer … Marisa Trapani
Stage Manager … Sharleen Loh
Assistant Director/Stage Manager … Ryan Jiang
Set Designer … Emily Hong Scenic
Advisor … Liana Chow
Sound Designer … Jess Eng
Lighting Designer … Myint Kyi
Props Designer … Amy Danoff
Choreographer … Jennifer Chu
Faculty Advisor … Remo Airaldi, Ju Yon Kim