Butterflies are Free - Presented by The Mira Theatre Guild
Set in New York in the summer of '69, Don Baker, a blind boy, struggles to find his independence by moving away from his well-meaning but overbearing mother. Alone but happy in his new apartment, he meets Jill Tanner, a kooky free-spirited girl. Together they begin a journey towards freedom and self-discovery. A classic coming-of-age tale, Butterflies Are Free is a delightful romantic comedy that tugs at your heartstrings.
Young audiences will easily relate with the conflicts that are addressed in this play - from the seeking of one's own identity to finding one's place in society to the turmoils faced in a parent-child relationship. Through the characters, playwright Leonard Gershe poignantly explores the issues faced by youths in that turbulent era - issues that continue to remain surprisingly relevant even in today's millennial age.
For others, it will be a trip down memory lane - a brief encounter with the swinging sixties of peace and love which one will find not dissimilar to the post-modern 21st century.
'Butterflies Are Free' was first staged at the Booth Theatre, New York City in 1969, under the direction of Milton Katselas. It featured Keir Dullea, Blythe Danner, Eileen Heckart and Michael Glaser. Blythe Danner (who incidentally is the mother of Oscar award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow) won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Jill in the same year. In 1972, Katselas brought the Broadway play to the silver screen.
The movie version had Edward Albert playing Don, Goldie Hawn as Jill and Heckart reprising her role as Don's mother. In 1973, Heckart received an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film also received two Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. In the same year, Albert received a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Male. The film also received three other Golden Globe nominations including :
Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,
Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy and
Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy.
The Mira Theatre Guild
51 Daniels Ave.
Vallejo, CA 94590-3035
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