Good intentions. Bad decisions. Great fun. In Larissa FastHorseâs satirical comedy The Thanksgiving Play, a troupe of really well-meaning theater artists dream of creating something revolutionary: a culturally sensitive, totally inoffensive Thanksgiving school pageant that finally gives a voice to Native Americans. Finding said Native Americans... isnât so simple. And thatâs when things start to get absurd. Sending up a whole feast of social issues, this bitingly funny play roasts everything right, wrong, and woke in America.
LARISSA FASTHORSE â PLAYWRIGHT
Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award winning writer and current MacArthur Fellow. The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons/Geffen Playhouse), was one of the top ten most produced plays in America. She is the first Native American playwright on that list. Larissa is developing new plays with many theaters including Center Theatre Group, The Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. In 2019 Larissa re-entered film and television and has set up projects with Disney Channel, Freeform, NBC, Dreamworks, Netflix, and is writing on a series for Apple+ as well as adapting three beloved Broadway musicals.Â www.hoganhorsestudio.com
RACHEL CHAVKIN â DIRECTOR
RACHEL CHAVKIN(Director) is a director, writer and artistic director of Brooklyn-based collective, the TEAM. She won the Tony Award for her work onHadestown(NYTW, National Theatre, London) which has been one of her greatest joys. She is a three-time Obie Winner, and received Tony and Lortel nominations, and a Drama Desk Award forDave MalloyâsNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of1812(Broadway, Ars Nova, A.R.T.). London:Mission Drift(NationalTheatre),AmericanClock(Old Vic). Select New York and regional:Marco RamirezâsThe Royale(LCT; Obie Award, Drama Desk andLortel noms.), MalloyâsPreludes(LCT3), Bess WohlâsSmall MouthSounds(Ars Nova and national tour), Carson Kreitzerâs and MattGouldâsLempicka(Williamstown Theatre Festival),The RoyalFamily(Guthrie Theatre) and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac. Her first short film,Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. 2017 Smithsonian Award forIngenuity.Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.