*View Catherine Malfitano’s Director’s Notes for Madama Butterfly
It’s official – rehearsals have started for Madama Butterfly! The crew was up at dawn on Wednesday morning to move the set from backstage to the Foundry rehearsal hall.
They seemed to be having a pretty good time.
I got the chance to sit in on the first staging rehearsal later that day, and that was a pretty good time as well. Director Catherine Malfitano* expressed her enthusiasm for the project to the cast, stressing the “joyous experience” of the 2005 production. She made sure to mention that this show wasn’t just an opportunity to “replicate another Butterfly,” but also a chance to make changes and “show [the audience] the complexity of these characters.” It was super exciting to hear her speak and to watch the artists get up on their feet for the first time. I won’t give any staging secrets away, but I will say that the two hours of rehearsal I got to watch psyched me up for the show. I’m getting excited for the festival! I hope you are, too.