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"Spinning into Butter" tackles latent racism

November 7, 2008

Loyola students Colby Lemaster playing Mr. Meyers and Laura Friedmann playing Sarah Daniels

Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and director Laura Hope bring to the stage the hidden racism that may lurk in people’s hearts in Rebecca Gilman’s “Spinning into Butter.”

Set at a small mostly-white private liberal arts college in Vermont, “Spinning into Butter” explores the danger when society fails to confront the issues of racism and political correctness.

When one of the college’s few black students begins to receive hate and racial messages, the campus erupts with shock and mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another.

At the center of this chaos is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students. As the administration sponsors public race forums and the students begin activist groups, Daniels is forced to explore her own racist feelings. Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she cannot predict.

“This is a dangerous, searching, brilliant play, probing the self-inflicted wounds of a self-righteous civilization.” – London Sunday Times

“It’s a potent topic, and the playwright explores it with an admirable boldness as well as a nice leavening humor.” – Variety

“Spinning into Butter” will run in Loyola’s Marquette Theater, located on the second floor of Marquette Hall, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, on Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., and Nov. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and children, and can be purchased on the web at montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.

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