Spinning into Butter: A Play (Paperback)

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Spinning into Butter: A Play (Paperback)


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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.

Rebecca Gilman is the author of the play The Glory of Living, which received the 1998 American Theater Critics Association's Osborn Award. She is the recipient of the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the George Devine Award, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Scott McPherson Award, and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. A native of Alabama, Ms. Gilman lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Product Details ISBN: 9780571199846
ISBN-10: 0571199844
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: August 7th, 2000
Pages: 112
Language: English

“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