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Spinning into Butter: A Play

by Rebecca Gilman

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A play about racism that challenges us to examine our own preconceptions and how tolerant we really are. The story was talky and preachy, the characters were poorly developed stereotypes, and the resolution was, well, lame. The author clearly has a message she wants to get across, but she is so heavy handed that the story gets lost and the message sort of follows it down the black hole. ( )
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Set on a college campus in Vermont, Spinning into Butter is a new play by a major young American playwright that explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America today in a manner that is at once profound, disturbing, darkly comic, and deeply cathartic. Rebecca Gilman challenges our preconceptions about race relations, writing of a liberal dean of students named Sarah Daniels who investigates the pinning of anonymous, clearly racist letters on the door of one of the college's few African American students. The stunning discovery that there is a virulent racist on campus forces Sarah, along with other faculty members and students, to explore her feelings about racism, leading to surprising discoveries and painful insights that will rivet and provoke the reader as perhaps no play since David Mamet's Oleanna has done.

Spinning into Butter had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in May 1999 and will open at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in New York in April 2000.

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Sarah Daniels, the liberal and well-intentioned Dean of Students at a small, mostly white college in Vermont, is forced to confront her own struggles with racism after a black student begins to receive ugly racist notes.

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