This Thanksgiving Play Comes With Sides of History and Satire

Call it a Thanksgiving roast.

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is showcasing a new live production this weekend that intertwines the history of the first Thanksgiving with a bit of satire.

The story of THE THANKSGIVING PLAY follows a team of “terminally woke” teaching artists who want to put on a show that honors Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. It starts with a teacher, Logan, who recruits her yoga-teaching busker boyfriend, an elementary school history expert and an “authentic” actor from Los Angeles who is supposed to represent all Native Americans. Naturally, this plan is flawed and the comedy of the play within a play comes when good intentions collide with absurd assumptions. 

 

 

“As a comedy, the play creates a wonderful space to reflect upon-looking at you, fellow well-meaning white folks-our own disastrously failed attempts at bridging cultural divides between our friends and neighbors and consider how we can redouble our efforts and do better,” says MCT Artistic Director, Brent Hazelton.

The show is written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Milwaukee-based actor and director Laura Gordon. This is the first time the play will have live audiences, but it did have a successful virtual run last season. 

The play has a preview night on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and opens on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. It runs through Dec. 19. For ticket inquiries, go to their website or call 414-291-7800.  

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