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Playwrights Horizons Announces Indigenous Voices: A Reading Series

The two-night program is presented in association with the world premiere of The Thanksgiving Play.

Greg Keller, Jennifer Bareilles, Jeffrey Bean, and Margo Seibert in a scene from Larissa FastHorse's The Thanksgiving Play, now in performances at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
(© Joan Marcus)

On November 1 and 6, Playwrights Horizons will present Indigenous Voices: A Reading Series, organized by 2018-19 guest curator, artist, and choreographer Emily Johnson. Johnson, an Alaskan native of Yup'ik descent, brings together four works from indigenous writers in two free, open-to-the-public evenings of readings. The program complements the world premiere of Larissa FastHorse's new comedy The Thanksgiving Play, running through November 25 in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

The November 1 event, held at Playwrights Horizons' South Rehearsal Studio, will feature a reading of Stephanie V. Shay Mitchell's How I Ended up on Craigslist, directed by Brett Hecksher, and Vickie Ramirez's Stand-off at Hwy #37, directed by Ryan Victor Pierce. The November 6 event, held in Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater, will feature a reading of Madeline Sayet's solo performance piece Where We Belong, directed by Mei Ann Teo, and an excerpt of Return to Blueprint, written by Tokala Two Elk as told to Dawn Jones, and directed by J.J. Lind.

The Thanksgiving Play, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, follows well-intentioned white teaching artists as they scramble to create an ambitious "woke" Thanksgiving pageant that also celebrates Native American Heritage Month…and quells their white guilt…and satisfies their lofty artistic impulses…as part of an "All School Turkey Trot." The cast includes Jennifer Bareilles as Logan; Jeffrey Bean as Caden, Greg Keller as Jaxton, and Margo Seibert as Alicia.

To RSVP to Indigenous Voices: A Reading Series Night One, click here.

To RSVP to Indigenous Voices: A Reading Series Night Two, click here.