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Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Articles, Paris Live, Theatre | 0 comments


Paris Community Theatre will be opening Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe on January 24 at the History Paris Community Theatre, 30 Clarksville Street on the Square in Paris, Texas  Directed by long time PCT member, Mike Pickering, the show will have performances January 24-26th and 30-February 2  Showtime’s are7:30 for all Thursday-Saturday performance and Sunday Matinee’s begin at 2:30  Tickets can be purchased on or by calling or e-mailing Box Office at 903-784-0259, Tuesday-Fridays  from 10-3 or by e-mailing

“Butterflies are free, and so are we,” sings Don Baker (Austen Naron of Paris), the play’s hero. 20-something and blind, Don has just escaped the binds of his overprotective family in Scarsdale, NY, and has found solace in an East Village apartment. As he is learning to survive on his own, he meets Jill Tanner (Leah Maxson of Paris) the 19-year old actress who lives next door. Jill is a free spirit, a former hippie, a sweet, impressionable, ditzy-yet-perceptive girl. She has never known the word “commitment” or its meaning. Don has never known freedom.

A match is made even through their differences. Don and Jill start to fall for each other, Jill never giving much thought to the fact that Don is blind. That is, until Don’s mother, Mrs. Baker (Kathy Brown of Paris) appears on the scene, eager to take her son back to Scarsdale. What transpires is a battle to free Don of the perennial ‘apron-strings’ that bind him. When Jill’s former boyfriend, Ralph Austin (Derek Dackus of Paris) arrives and tells Don that he and Jill are about to move in together, Don realizes that he has things to learn about life, Jill discovers that she must give up some of her freedom if she wants to be with Don, and Mrs. Baker must give her son more if she truly loves him.


Leonard Gershe uses humor and pervasive sarcasm to chip away at the intensity of the storyline, enthrallingly showing how love can help a person change. The play is risque and hilariously funny in the first act, while it poignantly touches the heart in the second. Audiences will bond with this universally human story as it beautifully shows different types of love.

This production is sponsored by Turner Industries and Premier Home Health and Hospice.  It contains adult themes and some language.  For more information please call the box office or visit




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