In decades past, battles for racial equality were fought and many were won. “Whites Only” signs are gone, and not all of the faces on TV are white.
But as the country changes, the agreeable silence can mask new complexities—new avenues of unconscious bias, confusions, good intentions, self-deception and denial. It’s race in America: the next generation.
That’s the central subject of Spinning Into Butter. “It deals with more current forms of racism—not blatant racism but the kind of prejudice people might express without realizing it,” said director Cassandra Hesseltine. “The playwright chose to take on an historically old subject and see where it is now—checking in on society, as plays often do.”