Monday, May 22, 2006

New Play Plays On Race Relations On Campus

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A play based on the Little Black Sambo folk tale may seem like bad timing or bad taste.

But it’s actually a calculated bit of social theater.

A new production of the 1999 play, Spinning Into Butter, is being produced by the Chicago-based Eclipse Theater Company and director Anish Jethmalani explains the title is taken from Sambo’s escape from tigers in the folk tale.

Jethmalani figures the play is especially timely thanks to the allegations of race-related rape on the Duke campus, charges that Hurricane Katrina aid had racial overtones and the ongoing illegal immigration debate.

According to Jethmalani, “The politicians in charge could definitely benefit from seeing it.”

Spinning Into Butter deals mainly with the reactions of both students and administrators at a New England college when racial threats and hate speech invade the campus.

Jethmalani adds, “Even with all that’s happening, the play has a timelessness to its message, too.”

The play opens May 24 at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.

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