The Butterfly: Legends from the Middle Kingdom by Ruth Cantrell

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About The Play


American Southwest Theatre Company (Las Cruces, NM)

Young Audiences. 50-55 minutes. 2-4 males, 2-4 females (5-6 performers possible). Suitable for middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

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Synopsis


American Southwest Theatre Company (Las Cruces, NM)

Chou, an innocent child born in prison, is befriended by a yellow butterfly that has the ability to bring stories to life. The stories, from Chinese folklore and the Beijing opera, transport Chou and others to various places in the middle kingdom. Such a valuable creature would bring wealth to its owner, and the other prisoners and guards attempt to steal the yellow butterfly. Chou warns the butterfly to flee, but the butterfly tells one last story…

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