Julie Taymor to Direct Clive Owen in ‘M. Butterfly’ / by David Hwang

The actor Clive Owen and the director Julie Taymor. Credit: From left: Damon Winter/The New York Times; John Carucci/Associated Press Courtesy The New York Times

The actor Clive Owen and the director Julie Taymor.
Credit: From left: Damon Winter/The New York Times; John Carucci/Associated Press
Courtesy The New York Times

“M. Butterfly,” the gender-bending play about a French diplomat who has a lengthy affair with a Chinese opera singer, will be revived on Broadway this fall with Clive Owen starring and Julie Taymor directing.

The drama, inspired by a true story, won the Tony Award for best new play in 1988, when it starred John Lithgow and B. D. Wong (who won a Tony). The playwright David Henry Hwang is making significant revisions to the script for the revival, incorporating recent discoveries about the relationship between Bernard Boursicot, who was an embassy worker, and Shi Pei Pu, a man whom Mr. Boursicot had believed for years to be a woman. The two were convicted of espionage in 1986. They were pardoned a year later.

 

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