Capital Stage Presents the California Premiere THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
Capital Stage presents the California Premiere of The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse. This satirical comedy follows four well-meaning white artists attempting to devise a politically correct Thanksgiving play for Native American Heritage Month - to be performed for school children. One artist's career hangs on the line, dependent on this play's success...or failure. Will they do it? Should they do it? The Thanksgiving Play will be directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Stevenson and is the seventh and final production of Capital Stage's 2017/18 Season: Future Tense. Performances will run from June 20 - July 22, 2018 with a Press Opening on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
Four mismatched artists attempting to devise an ethnically sensitive play for the local schools to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month - with no Native American actors. In this wickedly funny satire, political correctness, ego, and just plain ignorance collide as these well-meaning self-proclaimed artists try to perform a Thanksgiving miracle (without killing any turkeys).
The Thanksgiving Play will be directed by Michael Stevenson (Luna Gale, Stupid F##king Bird, How To Use A Knife, Disgraced, Mr. Burns, Ideation, Clybourne Park) and will feature Gabby Battista (Capital Stage debut), Cassidy Brown (Hunter Gatherers, The North Plan, The Totalitarians), Jouni Kirjola (Mr. Burns, Love and Information, Stupid F##king Bird), and Jennifer Le Blanc (Disgraced). The production design team will include Justin Muñoz (Scenic design), Jessica Bertine (Lighting design), Rebecca Redmond (Costume design), Irene Velasquez (Properties design), Amelia Holt (Scenic Charge Artist) and Ed Lee (Sound design).
Performances for The Thanksgiving Play will begin with three previews on Wednesday, June 20th & Thursday, June 21st at 7:00 pm, and Friday, June 22nd at 8:00 pm. The production will open Saturday, June 23rd at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, July 22nd, 2018. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Regular ticket prices range from $22-45. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $5 off regular priced tickets; Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.
Larissa Fasthorse's work has been produced and/or developed at theaters including ASU Gammage, History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore's Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, the Center Theatre Group Writer's Workshop, and Berkely Rep's Ground Floor, KCRep, Cornerstone Theater Company, AlterTheater, Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis, Native Voices in the Autry, Eagle Project, Artists Rep, and Mountainside Theater.
Larissa is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sicangu Lakota Nation. She is an award winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Santa Monica. She was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Ward, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year, and numerous Ford, Mellon, and NEA Grants. She is a current member of the Playwright's Union, Director's Lab West 2015, and Playwright's Center Core Writers. She is developing several new projects to direct with an emphasis on cross cultural community engaged work between Indigenous nations. She is represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY.