Larissa FastHorse | The Thanksgiving Play

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is a satirical comedy about four mismatched artists attempting to devise an ethnically sensitive play for the local schools to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. In order to be as respectful and accurate as possible, the three white actors defer to the only Native American in the room for guidance – a woman whose outlook on history and cultural respect is wildly different from their own. In this wickedly funny satire, this mismatched foursome must find their way through a hilarious thicket of absurd assumptions, historical perspective and school district policy as the pageant must go on!

WATCH video interview with Larissa HERE.

Larissa also received original development support for The Thanksgiving Play through the Joe Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellowship from the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

Larissa FastHorse is an award winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Santa Monica.  Larissa was awarded the NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, and numerous Ford and NEA Grants.  Larissa's produced plays include Urban Rez, LandlessAverage Family, Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation, and Cherokee Family Reunion.  She has written commissions for Cornerstone Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, AlterTheater, Kennedy Center TYA, Native Voices at the Autry, Artist’s Rep and Mountainside Theatre.  She developed plays with Kansas City Rep, Artist’s Rep in Portland, Arizona Theater Company, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor.  She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union, Director’s Lab West 2015, Theatre Communications Group board of directors and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation.