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News MARLBORO COLLEGE PRESENTS SPINNING INTO BUTTER, NOVEMBER 6-7

MARLBORO, VT- (November 3, 2009) - Marlboro College presents a student production of Rebecca Gilman's play, Spinning Into Butter, in the Whittemore Theater this Friday and Saturday, November 6-7, at 8:00 pm.

Set at fictional Belmont College, a small, liberal arts college in Vermont, Spinning into Butter explores the dangers of racism, discrimination and political correctness in ways that are profound, painful and introspective, with elements of dark comedy. When Dean Sarah Daniels starts investigating a string of racist notes left on an African American student's door, she and the rest of the administration are forced to confront not only racism on campus, but their own prejudices and preconceptions about race.

The performance is part of senior Simon Moody's study of the portrayal of race and racism on the American stage, and how it influences the way we think and talk about race today. The cast features, in order of appearance, Emily Kimble, Nate Hohl, Ian Mahoney, Bryon Kershaw, Nathalia Morera, Branden Grant and Sam Auciello. Audience members are encouraged to stay after the performance for a talk-back session with cast and crew members.

Playwright Rebecca Gilman attended Middlebury College before graduating from Birmingham-Southern College and earning an M.F.A from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Spinning into Butter was first produced in 1999, and won the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and a Jeff Award. Gilman was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for The Glory of Living.

The play is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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