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The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse

Thursday, November 9, 2023 — 7:30pm
until Monday, November 13
Gannett Theater
305 College Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
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By Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Tim Dugan

Performances of THE THANKSGIVING PLAY have been postponed by one week. All tickets have shifted by one week and are now valid for the same performance corresponding with the new dates (if you had an original ticket for Thursday November 2nd, you now have a ticket for Thursday November 9th).

If you cannot make your new date or have any questions, please email us at theateranddance@bates.edu or call our box office at 207-786-6161. We’ll get you squared away with a new ticket!

Good intentions. Bad decisions. Great fun. In Larissa FastHorse’s satirical comedy The Thanksgiving Play, a troupe of really well-meaning theater artists dream of creating something revolutionary: a culturally sensitive, totally inoffensive Thanksgiving school pageant that finally gives a voice to Native Americans. Finding said Native Americans… isn’t so simple. And that’s when things start to get absurd. Sending up a whole feast of social issues, this bitingly funny play roasts everything right, wrong, and woke in America.

Performance Dates

Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm
Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 11th at 5:00pm
Sunday, November 12th at 2:00pm
Sunday, November 12th at 7:00pm
Monday, November 13th at 7:30pm


Admission to all Department of Theater and Dance events is free, but tickets are required. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Tickets are available starting September 1st at batestheateranddance.eventbrite.com or through the box office 207-786-6161 (open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm).

Meet the Cast

David Walker ’24*

Paige Maren Magid ’24*

Adam Joseph Matos ’26

Ruby Marden ’27

*These performances are offered in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a senior thesis in acting.

Meet the Creative Team

Tim Dugan

Sophie Wheeler ’25
Assistant Director

Mikayla Burse ’26
Stage Manager

Germán Cárdenas-Alaminos
Scenic Designer

Michael Reidy
Lighting Designer

Carol Farrell
Costume Designer and Puppetry

Sammy Weidenthal ’27
Sound and Projections Designer

Justin Moriarty
Technical Director

Jack Hagan ’27
Set Dressing and Projections

Kati Vecsey
Vocal Director

Joe Hall
Academic Consultant

John Bear Mitchell
Cultural Consultant

Maia Seigerman ’26
Assistant Stage Manager

Xucheng Zheng ’27
Assistant Stage Manager

Aidan Bergeron ‘27
Design Crew

Lexi Wachen ’26
Promotional Video Director

Eileen Dockery ’26
Poster Designer

“The Thanksgiving Play” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.