Leonard Gershe, a playwright and screenwriter who was the author of the hit play ''Butterflies Are Free,'' died on March 9 in a hospital in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 79 and lived in Beverly Hills. The cause was complications from a stroke, said Harold Nelson, his business manager. It ran for three full seasons and had more than 1, performances, an unusually long run for a nonmusical work. It had a successful London production and continues to be popular in regional theaters. It was Ms.
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Butterflies Are Free is a play by Leonard Gershe. Loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents, the plot revolves around a blind man living in downtown Manhattan whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie.
The title was inspired by a passage in Charles Dickens ' novel Bleak House : "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies. After 12 previews, the Broadway production, directed by Milton Katselas , opened on October 21, at the Booth Theatre , where it ran for 1, performances.
Stephen Schwartz composed the title song. Heckart won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in the film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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"Butterflies Are Free", a Full-Length Play by Leonard Gershe
Don is in his early 20s and Jill is 19 years old. The play opens with Don moving around his meticulously kept apartment while talking on the phone with his mother. Jill is watching TV loudly in her place. Since the walls are paper-thin, the two neighbors talk to each other in their separate dwellings before Jill finally invites herself over. She is a flighty, commitment-phobe, who has recently moved to New York to attempt a career as an actress. Some keys to her personality include her escape from her life in California, her constant search for food to munch on, and a six-day marriage when she was just 16 years old. Read an online copy of the monologue in which Jill describes the circumstances of her startlingly short marriage.
Leonard Gershe--'Butterflies Are Free' playwright
He was 79 and lived in Beverly Hills. It ran for three full seasons and had more than 1, performances, an unusually long run for a nonmusical work. It was Danner's first major Broadway role and made her a star overnight. In its film version in , which Mr. Gershe adapted himself, the scene was moved to the Haight-Ashbury district, with Goldie Hawn replacing Danner. Heckart reprised her role and won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Gershe was inspired to write "Butterflies" after hearing a news report about Harold Eliot Krents , a young man from Scarsdale who was determined to succeed despite his blindness and earned a law degree from Harvard.
Butterflies Are Free
Butterflies Are Free is a play by Leonard Gershe. Loosely based on the life of attorney Harold Krents, the plot revolves around a blind man living in downtown Manhattan whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie. The title was inspired by a passage in Charles Dickens ' novel Bleak House : "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.