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News Archive|Department of Theatre and Dance

Few Tickets Remain for UW Play Spinning Into Butter

Jan. 29, 2007 -- Limited tickets remain for the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance's production, "Spinning into Butter," Rebecca Gilman's smart, darkly comic expose of political correctness and racism in America today.

"Spinning Into Butter," directed by UW Professor William Missouri Downs, runs Feb. 6 through 11 in the Fine Arts Center studio theatre. Advance tickets are still available for the 10 p.m. performances on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10. Limited seating may be available at the door for 7:30 p.m. performances Feb. 6-10, and the 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 11. Tickets cost $7 for students, $11 for senior citizens and $14 for others. For tickets and information call (307) 766-6666 or go online at

Winner of the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center for New American Plays and named one of Time magazine's Best New Plays of 1999, "Spinning Into Butter" is set in a small liberal arts college in Vermont where the concept of diversity is more idea than reality.

The comedy unfolds when a series of patently racist notes are tacked to the door of one of the few African-American students at the college. Astonished that racist acts could occur on campus, the faculty and students become embroiled in a series of debates over race and identity, and a crisis erupts within the campus community.

"This play isn't about racism as much as it is about how we as individuals and a society respond to such a divisive issue," says Downs. "Gilman cleverly exposes the real conflict occurring here -- that tension between what we need to do to solve a problem and what we need to do to portray ourselves in the best possible light."

List of Characters and hometowns:

Cheyenne -- Jake Staley as R. Meyers.
Douglas -- Mitch McElwain as Greg Sullivan.
Georgetown, Texas -- Anna Brownsted as Sarah Daniels.
Laramie -- JP Jaramillo as Patrick Chibas.
Parker, Colo. -- Kelleen Shadow as Dean Catherine Kenney.
Rapid City, S.D. -- Nick Linn as Ross Collins.
Sheridan -- Ken Stellingwerf as Dean Burton Strauss.


Anna Brownsted (as Dean Sarah Daniels) and Kenneth Stellingwerf (as Dean Burton Strauss) rehearse a scene for UW's upcoming play, "Spinning Into Butter." A few tickets remain for the Feb. 6 through Feb. 11 production run. Call the Fine Arts Center box office at 766-6666 for ticket information. (UW Photo)

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007


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