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A hot-topic comedy by Larissa FastHorse

The Thanksgiving Play

Directed by Jeanie Smith

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire.

Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. A troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow celebrates both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Nov 6 - 29

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Tickets $10-30.


Tickets $10


Logan: Denise Elia

Jaxton: David Yen

Caden: Mike Schaeffer

Alicia: Grace Kent


Director: Jeanie K. Smith

Stage Manager: Jeff Basham

Lighting Designer: April George

Set/Video Design: Argo Thompson

Costume Designer: Sandra Ish

Sound Designer: Joe Winkler

Remote SM: Brooke Dengler

Props: Vicki Martinez

Produced by special arrangement with


Time and Place: 

A high school drama classroom anywhere but the Los Angeles area.

The Cast & Crew


To all our friends and family, subscribers and donors, and:

Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks, Ph.D. - Tsalági Eastern Cherokee

Psychology Professor, Santa Rosa Junior College


Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum and Rachel Minor, Museum Supervisor/CuratorSanta Rosa Junior College


Permission to use “Walkin’” and “Why Don’t We Fall in Love” @2020 granted by

Paul Steward and Rich Steward, Twice As Good Blues Band - 2XG,

Related Links

Indigenous peoples have lived in Sonoma Valley for 12,000 years - read about it here:


A great map of indigenous lands along with lots of educational resources:


An interview with Larissa FastHorse about the play and more:


An excellent article, and good summary of The Thanksgiving Play at the bottom, along with another video of FastHorse:


FastHorse’s website:


Larissa FastHorse on Wikipedia:


Wikipedia’s entry on The National Day of Mourning:

 History on five Native American women for your dark day perusal:

Sonoma County resources for local Native American tribes and culture:


The Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum, located on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, has a collection of more than 5,000 catalogued items, with traditional Native American art comprising the greatest portion, including ceramics, basketry, beadwork, sculpture, textiles and jewelry. The collection is recognized as the finest of its kind in the U.S. Exhibits may also include contemporary work, such as the “Beyond Stereotypes” exhibit in 2019 that showcased Native American comic book artistry. See the videos in the PRESHOW PRESENTATION, and visit the virtual exhibits on the website at:

Special thanks to curator Rachel Minor and SRJC for permission to use their videos.

The California Indian Basketweavers’ Association (CIBA) is a non-profit organization established in 1992, providing its 1000+ members with opportunities for information sharing and showcasing their work throughout the state. In June 2020 CIBA won a grant from California Humanities for their K.N.O.T. project (“Knowledge to Nurture Our Traditions”), which aims to increase basketweaving knowledge in the Indian community, especially through connecting elders with tribal youth.  Learn more about their mission and programs here:


The Pomo Project, an ongoing tribute to the Pomo tribe in Sonoma County launched in Sebastopol in 2010, continues to celebrate Pomo culture with educational workshops, gallery exhibits, and recognition of Native history and contemporary contributions. In May 2010, the Sebastopol City Council resolved each October to be Pomo Honoring Month, celebrating the continued presence and enduring culture of the Pomo people. The Council further resolved in September 2010 to recognize the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria as representing the descendants of our area’s original inhabitants. To learn more about the Pomo Project, see here:

While it’s currently closed due to the pandemic, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center is alive and well via their extensive website. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the Museum has been in Santa Rosa for 20 years, with goals to educate the public about California Indian history and cultures, to showcase California Indian cultures, to enhance and facilitate these cultures and traditions through educational and cultural activities, to preserve and protect California Indian cultural and intellectual properties, and to develop relationships with other indigenous groups. The Museum was developed by the National Indian Justice Center, a 100% Indian owned and operated nonprofit corporation. Originally founded in 1983 as a resource for tribal courts, the NIJC has steadily expanded its mission and is now known as a major force for improving the quality of life and the quality of justice in Indian country. See the website at:



Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award winning writer and co-founder of Indigenous Direction.  Her satirical comedy, The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons/Geffen Playhouse), is one of the top ten most produced plays in America this season.  She is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theater on that list.  Additional produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project), and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater).

Larissa FastHorse

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