By: Throy Catan
RS FRANCISCO was emotional when he shared on stage with the playwright of M. Butterfly himself, David Henry Hwang. David wrote the play 30 years ago and became a huge hit on Broadway in 1988, and received its Tony the same year.
Last Wednesday, September 26, David watched the re-stage of the M. Butterfly in Maybank Performing Arts Theater in BGC. After the play, David went up on stage with the whole cast including Lee O’ Brian, Norman McLeod, Mayen Estañero, Rica Nepomuceno, Maya Encila, Pinky Amador, and RS Francisco.
“Fantastic company. It such a beautiful production. The blend of theatricality, music, all the elements of the stage to tell this story is so wonderful and powerful… This is fantastic”. David explained on how he loves the play.
RS, who played Song Liling, shared his reaction when he met the man who change his life, “Dreams do come true! And tonight one of my biggest fantasy, became a reality.
“Sharing the stage with David Henry Hwang, the man who wrote M. Butterfly, was beyond surreal.
“Thank you so much David Henry Hwang, not only for creating the masterpiece that gave me the chance to shine in theater, but also for joining us and flying in for our humble re-staging. Your presence means a lot and has immensely moved me and the entire production team.
“I was not able to say much while we were onstage together, since I was lost in tears, but I would like to take this chance to let you know how much you’ve changed my life, how much M. Butterfly has opened doors for me, and for how much your work has made a difference in this world.
“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for gracing our stage with your presence and for flying all the way to the Philippines to share your talents and knowledge to us Filipinos.
“This is truly a life’s full circle for me”. RS said on his post on Facebook.
Yesterday, September 28, David Henry Hwang had an invitation-only workshop titled, A Master Class with David Henry Hwang. In this workshop, David shared his gift, talents, and knowledge about stage play.
It also discussed the upcoming M. Butterfly tour around the Philippines with a partnership with SM Cinemas. The start of the tour will kick off in Iloilo in the first week of January 2019. They also include Davao, Cebu, Dumaguete, and Baguio.
The new production of M. Butterfly is 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.
For more information, visit the M. Butterfly’s official Facebook page.