The Thanksgiving Play

By Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota)
Directed by Luan Schooler

April 1, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Morrison Stage | 80 min. with no intermission

A group of mismatched teachers and actors have been charged by the school district to devise an ethnically sensitive play to somehow 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 and find their expectations of her insights are wildly misguided. In this wickedly funny satire, this foursome must find their way through a hilarious thicket of assumptions, historical perspectives and school district policies as the absurd pageant must go on!

  • Provocative Satire
  • Multiple Fellowship and Award-winning playwright
  • PEN USA Literary Award for Drama
  • TABLE|ROOM|STAGE commission
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Chris Harder +^


Sarah Lucht +^


Claire Rigsby ±


+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


Luan Schooler


Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Emily Horton

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis Crosser #

Composer/Sound Designer: Ed Littlefield

Resident Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Props Master: Katrina Lind

Resident Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


"A razor-sharp spoof of progressive pretense that shows how people can convince themselves that they are doing good by doing nothing at all…" -Ben Waterhouse, The Oregonian

"...a hilarious illustration of the ineffectiveness of good intentions." -TC Acena, Oregon ArtsWatch

“…funny, biting, and often much closer to the truth than it's comfortable to admit.” -Krista Garver, Broadway World

"Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play, is a beautiful skewering of sanctimonious, upper middle-class white guilt." -Megan Burbank, Portland Mercury

"FastHorse pokes fun at what we might call (to employ the horrid term currently in fashion) the burden of the 'woke.'"-Marty Hughley, Oregon ArtsWatch

"The actors are all spot-on in their performances..." -Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

“To do satire well is a balancing act. Many things can go terribly wrong. Rest assured, FastHorse hits the bull’s eye every time she takes aim.” -Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Reviews

"FastHorse explores the politics of history and theatre-making." - Contemporary Drama Working Group

"This doesn't happen every season: In Oregon this April, you can see three new plays by Native women produced at major resident theatres." -Madeline Sayet, American Theatre Magazine

Check out this interview with the playwright!

Reading material from Larissa FastHorse herself:

Will the Real First Thanksgiving Please Stand Up?

6 "True History of Thanksgiving" Stories



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Special Events

PREVIEW WEEK: April 1 & 3-6 @ 7:30pm

  • 4/1: Sunday Sounday! Come early to listen to music by rapper Scott Kalama (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs). This performance is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN!
    • Read more about Scott Kalama here.
    • Listen to his music here.
  • 4/3: Ten Buck Tue$day! Tickets are only $10.
  • 4/4: Wine Down Wednesday! Enjoy a glass of wine on us before the show.
  • 4/5: Pizza Love Thursday! FREE slice of Hot Lips Pizza when you come see the show.
  • 4/6: Happy Friday!

Post show discussions follow the matinees on April 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 & 28 and the evening performance on April 18.

An Oregon Psychoanalytic Center post show discussion will follow the April 15 matinee.  

April 28, 2pm performance includes open captioning.


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