2023-24 Season
October 5 -22, 2023

The Thanksgiving Play

“Very, very funny... this clever satire is something for which to be truly thankful.” – Hollywood Reporter

Written by Larissa FastHorse

Directed by Brian McDonald

“SPECTACULAR! ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT NEW PLAYS OF THE LAST TEN YEARS!  IT’S DROP DEAD FUNNY!  THIS CAST…A DREAM COME TRUE OF ENSEMBLE CREATIVITY AND INTERACTION! DIRECTOR BRIAN McDONALD DESERVES KUDOS WITH LAURELS FOR A TIGHT, BRILLIANTLY STAGED, DICTION-PERFECT, CLOCKWORK OF PRECISELY TIMED COMEDIC VIRTUOSITY!  A MASTERPIECE!”

- Dan Kepi, VOICE MAGAZINE

About The Thanksgiving Play

The 2023 Broadway Hit Play!!  Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. Please Note: This production contains depicted graphic violence and sexual innuendo, and is not recommended for those under the age of 13.

Behind the Scenes with the Cast

The Thanksgiving Play Program

Artists

Cast


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Events & Talks

  • Opening Night

    October 7, 2023 at 8:00pm

    Immediately following the performance of The Thanksgiving Play, opening night attendees are treated to a festive post-show wine and hors d’oeuvre reception with the artists.

  • Pre-Show Talk

    October 11, 2023 and October 18, 2023 at 6:45pm

    Join Dramaturg Ward LeHardy for a free, lively, and informative half-hour talk in The New Vic courtyard before each Wednesday performance of The Thanksgiving Play.

  • Martini Night

    October 13, 2024 at 7:15pm

    Mingle with friends and enjoy a complimentary show themed martini with your ticket purchase of The Thanksgiving Play. Held in The New Vic courtyard 45-minutes prior to curtain on the second Friday of the run.

  • Wednesday Matinee Tea Talk

    October 18, 2023 at 1:15pm

    Join us for a special conversation over tea with invited guest scholars to share their insights on a topic particular to The Thanksgiving Play, as related to Santa Barbara history and culture.

  • Thursday Talkback

    October 19, 2023

    Immediately following the final Thursday evening performance of The Thanksgiving Play, meet members of the cast and participate in an informal 20-30 minute Q&A about the show.

The Thanksgiving Play Showtimes

There are several showtimes for The Thanksgiving Play. Opening night will be October 7, 2023 and the show will run until October 22, 2023. View all the showtime offerings and purchase tickets so you will not miss out on this performance.

Press & Reviews

“WICKEDLY FUNNY!”

Richard Mineards, MONTECITO JOURNAL

RECOMMENDED!  “HILARIOUS!  OUTRAGEOUS! EXCELLENT!  WICKEDLY SATIRICAL!  SHARPLY-WRITTEN!”

Philip Brandes, STAGE RAW

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