Everyman Theatre to open 2017-18 season with 'M. Butterfly'

"M. Butterfly" playwright David Henry Hwang.

In an unusual move, Everyman Theatre has announced one of the works on its 2017-2018 lineup — David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning "M. Butterfly," which will launch the season in September. The remainder of the season will be unveiled in the spring.

It's turning out to be the autumn of "M. Butterfly."


The 1988 play will also get a Broadway revival opening in late October, starring Clive Owen and directed by Julie Taymor. It will mark her return to Broadway after being pushed out as director of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" in 2011.

"It's an exciting thing that we will have this play at the same time as New York is going to revive it on the Great White Way," Everyman artistic director Vincent Lancisi said. "We had been trying to get it for the past three or four years. Last year, we got the rights. Six months later, Julie Taymor announced that she would be directing a revival."


"M. Butterfly," which has parallels with Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" and a true headline-generating case from the 1980s, explores the relationship between a French diplomat and a man who performs as a woman in Chinese opera and is also a spy.

The Everyman production will feature resident company member Bruce Randolph Nelson as the diplomat. Additional details on casting and creative team will be announced later.

"We're so excited about it and we wanted audiences to know about it, too," Lancisi said. "We'll put our Everyman spin on the play."