THE THANKSGIVING PLAY:
This contemporary satire explores our beloved national holiday and asks, “how does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time?” In Larissa FastHorse’s 2015 biting satire, this is the question facing three “woke” white thespians tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps. The play is hilarious, but also delivers thought-provoking dialogue around race and equity.
Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award-winning writer and co- founder of Indigenous Direction. Her satirical comedy The Thanksgiving Play was one of the top ten most produced plays in America last season. She is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theater on that list. Her list of nationally produced plays is long and include What Would Crazy Horse Do?, Landless and Cow Pie Bingo, and Average Family.
Parallel 45 Theatre produces cutting-edge interpretations of classic plays, giving familiar stories new life – and fresh relevance – for northwest Michigan audiences. With reinvented classics, new works and imaginative adaptations, P45 seeks to entertain, encourage critical thought, and inspire conversation in the Traverse City community. Every summer, professional theatre artists from around the country and world convene on P45’s state-of-the-art stage at Civic Center Park to perform boundary-pushing works for all ages, rotating daily. During the shoulder season, P45 operates a theatre education program and produces a free play-reading series.