Spinning into Butter

A Play

Rebecca Gilman

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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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Spinning into Butter
act oneThe world premiere of Spinning into Butter was presented by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, on May 16, 1999. The artistic director of the Goodman Theatre is Robert Falls; the executive director, Roche Schulfer. It was directed by Les Waters. Sets were designed by Linda Buchanan, costumes by Birgit Rattenborg Wise, and lighting by Robert Christen; the sound design and music were by Rob Milburn and Larry Schanker. The cast, in order of appearance, was as follows:Spinning into Butter was first produced in New York by Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop,

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"Splendid . . . A play of blistering force . . . [Gilman] is poised to have a major impact on the American theater." --Chris Jones, Variety

"An extraordinarily fresh, eloquent, and candid new play... by a writer of surprising gifts." --Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

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Rebecca Gilman

Rebecca Gilman was born in Trussville, Alabama, a small town outside Birmingham. She briefly attended Middlebury College in Vermont in the early 1980s and has lived in Chicago since 1994, after she received a graduate degree in theater from the University of Iowa.

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Spinning into Butter
A Play
Rebecca Gilman

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
August 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571199846
ISBN10: 0571199844
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 112 pages, 12 Black-and-White Photographs
$14.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429998444
ISBN10: 142999844X
112 pages, 12 Black-and-White Photographs
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