Pinkerton, an American naval officer, has taken lease of a house in Nairobi, Kenya. He is going to live here with his future Kenyan wife, Butterfly. Sharpless, the American consul, warns Pinkerton of getting married. Pinkerton tells him that he is happy with his bride, but adds that one day he will marry a real “American bride.” Butterfly enters and the family gathers for the wedding. The wedding ceremony is disrupted by angry family members, including Butterfly’s uncle, a priest. As the family leaves after the wedding, the couple celebrates their love and their first night alone together.
After three years, Butterfly has not heard from Pinkerton. He abandoned her after the wedding to return to America. Butterfly is convinced that he will return to her. Sharpless has received a letter from Pinkerton telling him that he has married an American woman, Kate. Butterfly, ignorant of Pinkteron’s lies refuses to remarry because she is convinced that he is faithful and she is excited to introduce him to his son. Upon learning about Pinkerton’s infidelity Butterfly gives her son to Pinkerton and his new wife, and stabs herself.
Performances January 18-20th take place at the International House at University of Chicago which is located at 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Performances February 8th-10th take place at The Chicago Temple which is located at 77 West Washington, Chicago, IL 60602.