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?SPINNING INTO BUTTER,? A DRAMATIC PRESENTATION BY THE AQUINAS COLLEGE THEATRE PROGRAM, EXPLORES RACISM IN AMERICAN ACADEMIA

January 31, 2005 - "Spinning Into Butter," a drama by Rebecca Gilman will be presented by members of the Aquinas College Theatre Program and Aquinas Multicultural Affairs. The play will be directed by William Irwin and is on Thursday, February 10, Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13 in the Aquinas Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road, S.E. Ticket prices are $8 general admissions, $6 faculty/staff and $3 students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call (616) 456-6656. A reception will follow the Thursday night (February 10) opening performance.

"Spinning into Butter" takes a jarring look at racism in American academia. It takes place at a small private liberal arts college in Vermont where racist notes are found on an African- American student's door. Sarah Daniels, the dean of students, rushes to calm the emotional whirlwind that develops but before the problem can be silenced, the incident becomes public.

This story is a critical and pointed look into the struggles the faculty and staff face in confronting their own discriminatory actions in an attempt to save their integrity and the reputation of the College. Each performance will be followed by talk-back discussions exploring racism and other social issues found within the play.