The Thanksgiving Play / What Would Crazy Horse Do?

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Description

In The Thanksgiving Play, a group of well-intentioned white teaching artists scramble to create an ambitious "woke" Thanksgiving pageant that also celebrates Native American Heritage Month. Amidst their eagerness to put on the most culturally sensitive show possible, things quickly begin to devolve into the absurd, showing how even those with good intentions can be undone by their own blind spots. Inspired by historical interest in the KKK's collaborations with Indigenous groups, What Would Crazy Horse Do? examines the lives of Calvin and Journey--twins who are the last two members of Marahotah clan. Floundering after their grandfather's passing, they form a suicide pact in case their lives on the reservation become too hopeless. However, when two white strangers arrive claiming their families have a shared history, the twins' world is torn wide open.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Theatre Communications Group
Publish Date
September 29, 2020
Pages
160
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781559369619

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About the Author

Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is an award-winning playwright, director, and choreographer. Her produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (Kansas City Rep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company, NEFA National tour 2019-20), 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). FastHorse directed the critically acclaimed play, Our Voices Will Be Heard (Perseverance Theater Company) and is developing several new projects to direct with an emphasis on cross cultural community engaged work between Indigenous nations. Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, The Lark, ASU Gammage, History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore's Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, the Center Theatre Group Writer's Workshop and Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor. FastHorse was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, 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, officer of the TCG Board of Directors and Playwright's Center Core Writers. As co-founder of Indigenous Direction with Ty Defoe, FastHorse helps organizations plan and execute responsible engagements with Indigenous art, artists and audiences.

Reviews

"Very, very funny... something for which to be truly thankful."--Frank Schneck "The Hollywood Reporter on The Thanksgiving Play "
"A scalding cauldron of race and resentment, poverty and mental illness."--Kansas City Star on What Would Crazy Horse Do?
"The familiar, whitewashed story of Pilgrims and Native Americans chowing down together gets a delicious roasting from expert farceurs."--Jesse Green "The New York Times on The Thanksgiving Play "