Livestream The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse presented by Company of Fools
Company of Fools, Concerts & Performances


by Larissa FastHorse

Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Due to a member of the cast’s proximity to a person with COVID, SVMoA has postponed the production of The Thanksgiving Play one week, to Nov. 27 & 28, to ensure the safety of our actors, audience and the community.

Join us for a livestream performance of Company of Fools' rehearsed reading of The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse from the comfort of your home!

A group of mismatched teachers and actors have been charged by their school district to devise an ethnically sensitive play to somehow celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. In order to be as respectful and accurate as possible, the three white actors defer to the only Native American in the room for guidance and find their expectations of her insights are wildly misguided. In this wickedly funny satire, this foursome must find their way through a hilarious thicket of assumptions, historical perspectives, and school district policies as the absurd pageant must go on!

Directed by:

Claudia McCain and Andrew Alburger

Artists Include:

Logan, Melodie Taylor-Mauldin
Jaxton, Joel Vilinsky
Alicia, Aly Wepplo
Caden, Chris Carwithen

Show Notes

Patrons should note that “The Thanksgiving Play” discusses white privilege, racism and institutional racism in a frank and adult manner, and also includes themes of an adult nature. For these reasons, the play is most appropriate for patrons 14 and older. The approximate run time is 90 minutes. There is no intermission.

Should you miss the Livestreamed performance on November 20, you can watch it any time after from 10pm Nov 20 to 10pm Nov 22 via Crowdcast (navigate to to "Past Events" and select "Watch Replay."


Immediately after the readings, enjoy a conversation with the artists and facilitator Randy Reinholz, founder and Producing Artistic Director Emeritus of Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Reinholz is a producer, director, actor and playwright, with more than 100 productions in the United States, Australia, England and Canada. Reinholz has received ATHE’s Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre Award, been recognized by Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles Drama Critics, MAP Grant, McKnight Fellowship, and received multiyear support from the NEA, Ford Foundation, Shubert Foundation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, Disney, Sony, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He is a professor at San Diego State University, where he served as Head of Acting; Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film; and Director of Community Engagement and Innovation.


Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is an award-winning writer. Her produced plays include The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); What Would Crazy Horse Do? (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Urban Rez / Native Nation / Lakota Project Trilogy in collaboration with Michel John Garcés (Cornerstone Theater Company, ASU Gammage); Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater); Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis); Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry); Vanishing Point (Eagle Project); and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). Her awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for an American Playwright, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Creative Capital, MAP Fund, Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants. She is the vice chair of the board of directors of Theater Communications Group and is represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm Talent Agency. In October 2020, Ms. FastHorse received the prestigious “Genius Grant” from the Macarthur Foundation. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, sculptor Edd Hogan. #thethanksgivingplay

Generously sponsored by Marcia & Donald Liebich

Company of Fools 25th Season Sponsors

Arrow R Storage, Gwen and Mitchel August, Blaine County Title, Linda and Bob Edwards, Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Kenneth Lewis, Marcia and Don Liebich, Linda and Bill Nicholson, Tedde and Jim Reid, Shubert Foundation, Richard Smooke and Family in loving memory of Judith Smooke, Julie Weston and Gerry Morrison, Jeri Wolfson, and Barbara and Stanley Zax

Ticket Prices

FREE, suggested donation (levels: $100, $50, $25, $10)

Livestreamed via Crowdcast, register for link for viewing

Watch the play reading from home!