Butterflies Are Free

by  Leonard Gershe

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"A lovely play. It is funny when it means to be, sentimental when it is so inclined, and heartwarming." - New York Daily News

"A charming play...humorous, winning and quietly moving." - The New York Post

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Butterflies Are Free

by  Leonard Gershe

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    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
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    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Young Don Baker, hero of his mother's children's book series, "Donny Dark" has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker's controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.
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"A lovely play. It is funny when it means to be, sentimental when it is so inclined, and heartwarming." - New York Daily News

"A charming play... humorous, winning and quietly moving." - New York Post


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance



  • Time Period: 1970s, 1960s
  • Setting: The entire action takes place in Don Baker's apartment on East 11th Street in New York City.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)


2m, 2f
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  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Leonard Gershe

Born in New York City, Leonard Gershe made his Broadway debut as a lyricist for the 1950 revue Alive and Kicking. He wrote the book for Harold Rome's musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again in 1959, and in 1969 a play, Butterflies are Free. Later Gershe wrote another p ...

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Butterflies Are Free was first presented on Broadway by Arthur Whitelaw, Max J. Brown, and Byron Goldman at the Booth Theatre in New York City on October 21, 1969. It was directed by Milton Katselas.

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