'Bertolt Brecht has decided to direct his own version of Madame Butterfly on the eve of his departure from America. This will be his final comment to and about the country. But some of the actors he has chosen to use have different opinions. They are on the eve of their own country's new era; an era of mistrust, patriotism, personal and political repression. The backdrop for all of this is both the opera by Puccini and the condition of society in the City of Los Angeles in the Year of Our Lord, 1947.' Roger Pulvers.(1982): 6.