Hickory – What happens when a group of “woke” theatre artists get together to create a completely culturally sensitive show that celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday while also commemorating Native American Heritage Month? The answer can be found in Larissa FastHorse’s biting satire, The Thanksgiving Play. The play begins its three week run in the Firemen’s Kitchen this Friday, November 5 at 7:30pm and continues through Saturday, November 20. Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org or by phone at 828-328-2283.
Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, award winning writer/choreographer, and co-founder of Indigenous Direction, the nation’s leading consulting company for Indigenous arts and audiences. The Thanksgiving Play, was one of the top ten most produced plays in America in 2018. She is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theatre on that list. Additional produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do?, Landless And Cow Pie Bingo and Teaching Disco Square Dancing To Our Elders.
Performances of The Thanksgiving Play are Fridays and Saturdays, November 5-20 at 7:30pm; Sunday, November 14 at 2:30pm and Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm.
Opening night, November 5, features reduced price tickets – $12 for adults and $10 for youth & students. Regular price tickets, November 6-20, are $16 for adults and $10 for youth & students.
Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org or through the theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283.
Due to the continued rate of Covid-19 cases in Catawba County, and the close proximity of seating in the Firemen’s Kitchen, the Hickory Community strongly recommends that patrons wear a mask or other face covering while inside the building.
This production is rated PG-13 for adult language.
The Hickory Community’s 73rd season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. The Thanksgiving Play is produced by Ken Wilkinson and Allen Wood, III. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
PHOTO: (L-R) Allison Finch, Autumn Dagenhardt, Taylor Edwards and Hunter Curtis in THE THANKSGIVING PLAY. Photo by Eric Seale.