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Butterflies Are Free

Butterflies Are Free
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Leonard Gershe
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 84
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0573606447
ISBN-13: 9780573606441

About the Play:

Butterflies Are Free is a full-length comedy by Leonard Gershe. A blind young man leaves his over-protective mother to live in Greenwich Village, and falls in love with the girl in the neighbouring apartment. A funny, touching and thought-provoking play that takes the audience on an emotional ride while confronting fears of self confidence, personal responsibility and the risks that go along with loving someone.

Butterflies are Free is a romantic comedy that centers on a blind man's attempt at self-reliance, a young woman's fear of commitment, and a loving mother's struggle with letting her son go. Young Don Baker, hero of his mother's children's book series, "Donny Dark" has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his off-the-wall neighbour, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker's controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results. Don learns the kind of things from Jill that his mother would never have taught him! And Jill learns from Don what growing up and being free is really all about.

Butterflies Are Free premiered in 1969 at the Booth Theatre in New York City and became one of the most successful plays in Broadway history. It ran for three full seasons and had more than 1,100 performances, an unusually long run for a non-musical work. It had a successful London production and continues to be popular in regional, college, and community theatres.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"If a committee had sat down and meticulously worked out what it takes to produce a hit Broadway comedy, this is almost precisely the expertly packaged product that might have emerged." — New York Times

"A lovely play. It is funny when it means to be, sentimental when it is so inclined, and heartwarming." — New York Daily News

"A charming play... humorous, winning and quietly moving." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

Leonard Gershe (1922-2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist. He wrote one of the most successful plays in Broadway history, Butterflies are Free, and both script and story for the classic musical Funny Face, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and earned Gershe an Oscar nomination.