A seven-member cast brings the story of racism at Belmont
College in Vermont to an audience of ready ears and eyes at the Bas
Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins. The intimate setting and humble
theatre building add to the charm of this play.
One might find themselves looking around the room evaluating
their neighbor after hearing Sheri Davis, who plays the part of
Sarah Daniels, dean of students, confess to a small room what she
wishes the whole world could know about her soul.
In a dramatic world of college admissions, scholarships and
turbulent residence hall life, incidents and classifications worm
their way into the student body and cause uproar. Who is to blame
for one person’s action? Where do you draw the line in your own
mind? Are you a racist? If you’re not afraid to find out the
answers to these questions, “Spinning into Butter” is a play you
need to see.
“It is a play for our times, our city, our university and
ourselves. May it have a positive impact,” said director Morris
Burns, a professor at CSU who has been directing for 41 years.
The two-hour and fifteen-minute production took five weeks of
rehearsal and much commitment. Cast members drove from Longmont,
Glenwood Springs and the surrounding areas to be a part of this
“Spinning into Butter” forces the audience to confront internal
conflict that you may not even know exists. Author Rebecca Gilman
seeks to root out the bias and discrimination hiding within you and
lay it out for all to see. Placid and conservative minds beware –
you are in for a shock. If you’re curious about the human
condition, step out of your bubble and view reality in its finest.
This is what humans are made of.
“Spinning into Butter” fosters moments of absolute silence and
sincerity, as well as bouts of laughter and comic relief.
Well-placed jokes keep the mood alive while intimate conversation
between characters pushes the audience to see the underlying
problems in the staff at Belmont College, and the sneaking serpents
of segregation coiled up within them.
“Spinning into Butter” will affect everyone differently. Don’t
be afraid to take a step outside your comfort zone. This play is a
must-see for any human being.
“Spinning into Butter’ is showing through Oct. 11, every
Thursday through Sunday. A specially priced show will take place
tonight, with tickets $7 for students. Call Bas Bleu Theater at