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A group of politically correct teachers are tasked with creating a Thanksgiving play for their students. They hire a Native American actor to lend authenticity to the proceedings. When it turns out she’s ethnically ambiguous the teachers are left to navigate the resulting pitfalls in this rich satire. Includes a conversation with playwright Larissa FastHorse.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in September 2020.

Director: Rosalind Ayres

Producing director: Susan Albert Loewenberg

Ellis Greer as Alicia

Josh Stamberg as Jaxton

Mark Jude Sullivan as Caden

Liza Weil as Logan

Producer: Anna Lyse Erikson

Recording engineers: Neil Wogenson and Mark Holden

Senior radio producer: Ronn Lipkin

Foley artist: Jeff Gardner

Mixed by Charles Carroll for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood

Lead funding for The Thanksgiving Play is generously provided by: Barbara Timmer and Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Mike and Beth Kasser, The John Logan Foundation/Desert Wolf Productions, Jamie Wolf

“Ode to Joy” opening recorder quartet performed by Ulung Tanoto on his YouTube channel, Si Ulung.

The Thanksgiving Play was commissioned and originally produced by Artists Repertory Theatre, Damaso Rodriguez, Artistic Director; Sarah Horton, Managing Director, Portland, Oregon.

Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City, produced the world premiere of The Thanksgiving Play in 2018.

©2019 Larissa FastHorse (P)2020 L.A. Theatre Works

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Painfully over exaggerated

I know it’s a satire and the playwright won a McArthur genius award but it was so over the top stereotype and caricature of “woke” white liberals that it took away the impact of the message for me. Mostly the exaggeration by the actors was what ruined it for me IMHO.