“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free,” so says Harold Skimpole, a childish character in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. Don Baker, the protagonist of Leonard Gershe’s 1969 play, Butterflies Are Free, embodies this statement.
You see, Baker is a blind man who has spent his entire life living with his demanding mother. Eventually, he decides he’s had enough and moves into a place of his own. A month later, he meets charming and free-spirited Jill Tanner and immediately falls for her. The play explores Don’s struggle to love in spite of his seemingly limiting situation. Butterflies Are Free was adapted for the screen in 1972, with Goldie Hawn as Jill and Edward Albert as Don.
You can see Butterflies Are Free at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria through April 26. Tickets are $22 for general audiences and $17 for students. For more info, visit pewterploughplayhouse.org or call 927-3877.