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.