The Thanksgiving Play

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2021
1 hour 42 minutes
A group of politically correct teachers are tasked with creating a Thanksgiving play for their students. They hire a Native American actor to lend authenticity to the proceedings. When it turns out she's ethnically ambiguous the teachers are left to navigate the resulting pitfalls in this rich satire. Includes a conversation with playwright Larissa FastHorse.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in September 2020.

Director: Rosalind Ayres
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Ellis Greer as Alicia
Josh Stamberg as Jaxton
Mark Jude Sullivan as Caden
Liza Weil as Logan

Producer: Anna Lyse Erikson
Recording Engineers: Neil Wogenson and Mark Holden
Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin
Foley Artist: Jeff Gardner
Mixed by Charles Carroll for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood

Lead funding for The Thanksgiving Play is generously provided by: Barbara Timmer and Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Mike and Beth Kasser, The John Logan Foundation/Desert Wolf Productions, Jamie Wolf

"Ode to Joy" opening recorder quartet performed by Ulung Tanoto on his YouTube channel Si Ulung.

The Thanksgiving Play was commissioned and originally produced by Artists Repertory Theatre, Damaso Rodriguez, Artistic Director; Sarah Horton, Managing Director, Portland, Oregon.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City, produced the World Premiere of The Thanksgiving Play in 2018.
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Not that funny. I mainly listened to discover what the universal funny line was but never heard anything that made me laugh out loud or guffaw. My interpretation of the end is that we should stop talking about colonialism and oppression and genocide and trying to tell a story about it when it comes to Thanksgiving. Which, honestly, while critics finding that underwhelming, I thought was pretty apt considering that the true meaning of Turkey Day, according to Larissa FastHorse, was president Lincoln trying to create a nonpolitical holiday that unified the north and south and healed the nation and had absolutely nothing to do with indigenous people on the east coast of North America or “pilgrims”

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I hated this play. I'd planned to read it for ages and it was just so disappointing. Brief premise is "woke is bad", framed by teachers doing a Thanksgiving play. It's meant to be satire but it's so blindingly obvious and unfunny that it's just sad. This audiobook version highlights that FastHorse got a MacArthur Genius Grant, and if this is the quality of their work, god only knows why. The actual performance of the piece was pretty good, it was just a shame they were performing this.

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