A new comedy/satire written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (“Hand to God” and “Present Laughter” on Broadway), “The Thanksgiving Play” follows well-intentioned white teaching artists as they scramble to create an ambitious “woke” Thanksgiving pageant, which also celebrates Native American Heritage Month, while it quells their white guilt and satisfies their lofty artistic impulses as part of an “All School Turkey Trot.” Caden, an elementary school history teacher, offers rich historical context that spirals into unproductive tangents. Yogi-actor Jaxton’s performance of political correctness comically complicates the process. Logan, a high school drama teacher, wants to “elevate” the play by engaging a single Native American actor. And Alicia just wants to be onstage. The comedy follows their process of devising this cutting-edge Thanksgiving performance, allegedly for children, and flailing as privilege-checking and self-importance collide and get in their way.
The Thanksgiving Play Peter Jay Sharp Theater Written by Larissa FastHorse Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel