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The Thanksgiving Play Extends at Playwrights Horizons

Larissa FastHorse's world premiere is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

Greg Keller, Jennifer Bareilles, Jeffrey Bean, and Margo Seibert in a scene from The Thanksgiving Play.
(© Joan Marcus)

Playwrights Horizons has announced a one-week extension to the world premiere run of Larissa FastHorse's The Thanksgiving Play, directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Bernhardt/Hamlet). Originally scheduled to end on November 25, the production will now run through December 2.

Jennifer Bareilles (Valer), Jeffrey Bean (Bells Are Ringing), Greg Keller (The Humans), and Margo Seibert (In Transit) star in the production. The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic design), Tilly Grimes (costume design), Isabella Byrd (lighting design), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), and Katie Ailinger (production stage manager).

The Thanksgiving Play, according to a press release, "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.' Caden, an elementary school history teacher, offers rich historical context that spirals into unproductive tangents; yogi-actor Jaxton's performance of political correctness comically complicates the process; Logan, a high school drama teacher, wants to 'elevate' the play by engaging a single Native American actor; and Alicia just wants to be onstage. The comedy follows their process of devising this cutting-edge Thanksgiving performance — allegedly for children — and flailing as privilege-checking and self-importance collide and get in their way."