The Thanksgiving Play
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
With the Gender Equality in History Grant, the Excellence in Educational Theater Fellowship, a municipal arts grant and the Go! Girls! Scholastic Leadership Mentorship, this is far more than a Thanksgiving play.
Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.
A rising young Sicangu Lakota playwright who’s proactively effective in interweaving touching personal tales with politics. A writer worth keeping an eye on for the future.—San Francisco Chronicle