Spinning into Butter

by Rebecca Gilman

The Runner Stumbles Poster

Directed by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

April 8-10, and April 14-16, 2011

7:30PM, Sunday at 2PM

The Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center (PAC) Level 1, UIS Campus

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Play Description

Cast: 5 men, 2 women

“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 . . . .” –back cover of the published play

“An extraordinarily fresh, eloquent and candid new play . . . by a writer of surprising gifts.”

–Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune