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The country’s most-produced comedy of 2019 arrives in the DMV courtesy of Olney Theatre Center to open our 2021-22 season! This hilarious sendup of “white wokeness” features an undaunted theatre teacher desperately trying to create a culturally sensitive play celebrating Thanksgiving: one that challenges stereotypes, meets all the requirements of a Native American Heritage Month grant, and pacifies the parents. Larissa FastHorse’s groundbreaking satire on the politics of representation throws together the overly-ambitious drama teacher, her yoga-bro actor friend, a history teacher with playwriting aspirations, and an “ethnically-ambiguous” L.A. actress to devise their Thanksgiving play, only to find themselves quickly sabotaged by myth, confounded by history, and drawn into a hysterical project of dramatic pretzel-twisting.
Featuring: Parker Drown (A Chorus Line), Megan Graves (Oil), David Schlumpf (Elf the Musical), and Dani Stoller (The Humans).
Not yet ready to come back for in-person theatre? You can now stream our production of The Thanksgiving Play from home until October 31!
Raymond O. Caldwell
Milagros Ponce de León
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Inside The Thanksgiving Play with Director Raymond O. Caldwell
"deliciously in touch with our walking-on-eggshells moment" - The Washington Post
Raymond O. CaldwellDirector
Tashiana QuiñonesProduction Stage Manager
Milagros Ponce de LeónSet Designer
Jeannette ChristensenCostume Designer
Alberto SegarraLighting Designer
Kelly ColburnCo-Projections Designer
Dylan UremovichCo-Projections Designer
Tosin OlufolabiSound Designer
- Washington Post: 'The Thanksgiving Play' at Olney Theatre Center takes a carving knife to wokeness
- Washington City Paper: The Thanksgiving Play Is a Scathing Satire
- DC Metro Theater Arts: The comedy in Olney’s ‘Thanksgiving Play’ comes with a side of snark
- Talkin' Broadway: The Thanksgiving Play at Olney Theatre Center
- MD Theatre Guide: ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ at Olney Theatre Center
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The History of This Land: Introducing Our Land Acknowledgement
Friday, October 1, 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
Speakers include Piscataway Elder Rico Newman, Natalie Williams of the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and Quaker historian Tom Farquhar of the Sandy Spring Museum.
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Appreciating the Indigenous History of Maryland
Saturday, October 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
Speakers: Peter Brooks, Native American activist; Keith Colston, Administrative Director of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs (MCIA)
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Health and Safety
Please note that seating for The Thanksgiving Play is not socially distanced.
Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required at all performances of The Thanksgiving Play. This production is not recommended for children under 12 and they will not be admitted. At this time, we do not accept proof of a recent negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination.
In addition, concessions will not be available at this production. Consumption of outside food or drink in the theatre is strictly prohibited.
If you are a ticket holder and are feeling any of the possible symptoms of a COVID infection, please stay home. You can exchange your ticket for another performance and there will be a basic streaming version of The Thanksgiving Play available to ticket holders who opt-out of physical attendance. Contact email@example.com for more information.
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The Thanksgiving Play
September 29 - October 31 2021