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Tackling difficult dialogues: a director's approach to Rebecca Gilman's "Spinning Into Butter".

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dc.contributor.advisor Toten Beard, Deanna M., 1969-
dc.contributor.author Smith, Whitney L.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Theatre Arts. en
dc.date.copyright 2008-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/5130
dc.description.abstract Tackling difficult dialogues, playwright Rebecca Gilman bravely explores big questions. Gilman is a worthy candidate for literary and performance study because her work documents the most compelling issues facing our country. In Spinning Into Butter, Gilman studies the dynamics of racism, attacking the issue in an unexpected way. In her play political correctness is a mask for a deeper form of racism--objectification and aestheticization. Spinning Into Butter continues to engage audiences in racially charged discussions that are rare in theatres today. While admitting open dialogues are difficult, Gilman urges the audience to at least participate. An academic approach to play analysis and direction allows for a thorough investigation of the characters, ideas and images in Gilman's play. This thesis provides biographical information on the playwright, a textual analysis of Spinning Into Butter, and a detailed narration of the directorial process, from pre-production work to final product. en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en
dc.subject Gilman, Rebecca Claire. Spinning into butter. en
dc.subject Gilman, Rebecca Claire -- Criticism and interpretation. en
dc.subject Theater -- Production and direction. en
dc.subject Racism. en
dc.title Tackling difficult dialogues: a director's approach to Rebecca Gilman's "Spinning Into Butter". en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree M.F.A. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department Theatre Arts. en


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