By: Throy Catan
THE re-staging of David Henry Hwang‘s masterpiece, M. Butterfly will premiere in Manila on September 13, and runs until September 30 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City.
RS Francisco is back to perform on stage after his long hiatus, and he’ll portray a role as René Gallimard’s “the perfect woman”, Song Liling.
M. Butterfly is a play by David Henry Hwang which loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a Peking opera singer. The play premiered on Broadway in 1988 and won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play.
This is not the first time he portrayed the role as Song Liling. He was part of a production of Dulaang UP‘s M. Butterfly and opposite to veteran actor, writer and critic Behn Cervantes.
Raymond Francisco is an award winning actor, and entrepreneur. He received awards from different award giving bodies, such as Star Awards for Movies and Subic Bay International Film Festival for the movie, Bhoy Instik. He’s also one of the brainchild of Frontrow Enterprise Philippines, Inc. together with his business partner, Samuel Verzosa. Frontrow is a direct selling company in the health, beauty, and wellness industry in the Philippines.
Also starring Lee O’ Brian, Norman McLeod, Mayen Estañero, Rica Nepomuceno, Maya Encila, Pinky Amador, and Olivier Borten as the French Diplomat, René Gallimard.
The new production of M. Butterfly will be directed by Kanakan Balintagos (director of Pisay, Busog and Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros). Produced by Tony Award Winner, Jhett Tolentino and Frontrow Entertainment. The play runs from September 13-30 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City. Buy your tickets online.
The ticket prices are as follows: P2,000 (Zone 1), P1,750 (Zone 2), P1,500 (Zone 3), P1,250 (Zone 4), and P1,000 (Zone 5). 100% of net proceeds will be given to more than 10 chosen charities and beneficiaries, including PAWS, Philippine Stagers Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Dulaang UP, and more.
For more information, please contact Isha Germentil at 0917-6233834 or visit the M. Butterfly’s official Facebook page.