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Olney Theatre Center's 2021-2022 season opener, The Thanksgiving Play, is now available to stream for a limited time! 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. 

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Featuring: Parker Drown (A Chorus Line), Megan Graves (Oil), David Schlumpf (Elf the Musical), and Dani Stoller (The Humans).

Larissa FastHorse

Directed by
Raymond O. Caldwell

Scenic Design 
Milagros Ponce de León

Costume Design
Jeannette Christensen

Lighting Design
Alberto Segarra

Projections Design
Kelly Colburn
Dylan Uremovich

Sound Design
Tosin Olufolabi

Stage Manager
Tashiana Quiñones

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season

Watch the Trailer

Inside The Thanksgiving Play with Director Raymond O. Caldwell

"deliciously in touch with our walking-on-eggshells moment" - The Washington Post

  • Megan Graves

  • Dani Stoller

  • Parker Drown

  • David Schlumpf

  • Conor Patrick Donahue 

    Jaxton, Caden u/s
  • Mishy Jacobson

    Logan, Alicia u/s
  • Larissa FastHorse

  • Raymond O. Caldwell

  • Tashiana Quiñones

    Production Stage Manager
  • Milagros Ponce de León

    Set Designer
  • Jeannette Christensen

    Costume Designer
  • Alberto Segarra

    Lighting Designer
  • Kelly Colburn

    Co-Projections Designer
  • Dylan Uremovich 

    Co-Projections Designer
  • Tosin Olufolabi 

    Sound Designer


Behind-the-Scenes Discussions

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.

Watch the video of this event

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)

Watch the video of this event.

On the Blog

The Thanksgiving Play Online

Monday November 1st 2021 at 8:00pm

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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