Spinning Into Butter premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where it won the Joseph Jefferson Award for new work. It was produced at Lincoln Center in New York in 2000, and won the Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens Award. In the year following, it became one of the three most produced plays in America. A movie version starring Sarah Jessica Parker was released in 2009.
“There are parts of the play that are kind of hard to hear,” said director Hesseltine. “But we’re not here to point fingers at anyone. Our job is to present the play well, so that people really watch it, and maybe self-reflect. They might look at things in a way they might not have looked at them before.”