Larissa FastHorse and Rachel Chavkin
Larissa FastHorse and Rachel Chavkin

Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play to Open on Broadway

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President & Artistic Director; Khady Kamara, Executive Director) has announced two new productions for its upcoming 2022-23 season. Coming to Broadway next spring, Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin will direct Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Playat the Hayes Theater. With this production, Ms. FastHorse will be the first female Native American playwright produced on Broadway.

It was also announced that Tony Award nominee Bess Wohl will return to the Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway this fall with the New York premiere of Camp Siegfried directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer. These productions join a season that includes the Broadway premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize winner Between Riverside and Crazy, directed by Austin Pendleton, which will run at the Hayes Theater this fall.

“We are thrilled to add these two productions to Second Stage’s upcoming season. Larissa FastHorse’s unique voice deserves to be heard on the Broadway stage and I’m very excited for her biting satire, The Thanksgiving Play, to have the larger audience it deserves,” said Second Stage President and Artistic Director Carole Rothman. “Tony Award-nominee Bess Wohl has been part of the Second Stage family since 2014 when her play, American Hero, premiered in our Uptown Series. Since that debut, we’ve produced Bess’ plays both on and off-Broadway and look forward to welcoming her back with this powerful two-hander. And we couldn’t ask for more visionary directors to steer these productions – Rachel Chavkin and David Cromer are two of our finest directors and I can’t wait for them to bring these two American plays to life next season.”

Good intentions. Bad decisions. In Larissa FastHorse’s satirical comedy The Thanksgiving Play, a troupe of really well-meaning theater artists dream of creating something revolutionary: a culturally sensitive, totally inoffensive Thanksgiving school pageant that finally gives a voice to Native Americans. Finding said Native Americans… isn’t so simple. And that’s when things start to get absurd. Sending up a whole feast of social issues, this bitingly funny play roasts everything right, wrong, and woke in America.

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