In Black Butterflies the characters come alive, the scenes are beautifully selected and dramatized, the final push of the play, toward the catastrophe, is genuinely frightening. Ms. DiPietro’s rendering is truthful, deep, and beautifully written. I am looking forward to seeing the remarkable production I believe it deserves to have.
– Austin Pendleton
Black Butterflies tells the true story of Rose for the first time. Rose tells us, in her own voice, what happened in her childhood house and why her mother and father wanted so desperately to “cut out the truth.” Rose’s story is so important because we know aspects of her tragic life from her famous playwright brother’s plays and also because this depiction is so fundamentally distorted. Painstakingly researched, the facts of the real life story provide a guiding through-line for the play.
– Nat Warren-White, director of Staged Readings of Black Butterflies at The Boston Playwrights’ Theater and The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Such a great reading of Black Butterflies at the Peter Sharp Theater last night! The play brilliantly explores the relationship between the members of Tennessee Williams’ family. Marylou DiPietro writes about family dysfunction with brutal honesty and compassion.
– Sally Cook, Writer