Playwright Larissa FastHorse makes theater history. Next year, she will become the first female Native American playwright to have her work produced on Broadway. Her play The Thanksgiving Play is going to be produced by Second Stage in the Spring of 2023. The Thanksgiving Play will go up at the Hayes Theater in New York City. Rachel Chavkin, known for her Tony-winning direction of Broadway’s Hadestown , will direct Larissa FastHorse’s work.
The Thanksgiving Play
Playbill.com describes that Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play “centers on a troupe of well-meaning white theatre artists who attempt to create a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving school pageant that gives voice to Native Americans.” The Thanksgiving Play can be categorized as a satirical comedy.
Before Broadway: Larissa FastHorse’s Award-Winning Work
According to her personal website Larissa FastHorse is of the Sicangu Lakota Nation. She is both a writer and a choreographer. She has won awards for her work in the American Theatre.
Furthermore, FastHorse co-founded Indigenous Direction which her website describes as, “the nation’s leading consulting company for Indigenous arts and audiences.” Her upcoming Broadway run of The Thanksgiving Play comes after many previous productions across the country. Her website affirms that The Thanksgiving Play is one of the top ten most produced plays in America this season. In 2020, FastHorse became a MacArthur Fellow.
“So I will fight tooth and nail for the community”
In an interview with Bruce Norris for American Theatre , FastHorse discusses her playwriting as well as the audiences she intends to reach. She says: “[A]s an Indigenous human, once I’m in that theatre, then my job is to advocate for the play, advocate for myself as an artist, but then also advocate for my community. Because I can’t be the last Native person in that door. So I will fight tooth and nail for the community; I will do whatever I have to do to defend them, and make sure that the access stays open.”