Arcade Comedy Theater presents

By Larissa FastHorse

November 19 – 21
December 2 – 5

The Pittsburgh premiere of a new satire from one of America’s leading Native American playwrights.

Artistic ambitions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire by award-winning playwright Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) and directed by Linda Haston.

In this hilarious critique of self-important, performative “wokeness,” we find Logan, an ego-driven teaching artist charged with creating a middle school Thanksgiving pageant that challenges stereotypes, appeases parents, and fulfills the requirements of a  Native American Heritage month grant. Helping her devise the piece is Jaxton, her failed-actor-turned-yoga-dude boyfriend Jaxton; Caden, an elementary teacher who dreams of being a playwright; and Alicia, a self-assured LA actress with a great headshot.Together, these four charge forward, tripping over feel-good American myth, the harsh reality of history, and their own absurd assumptions about the world.

FastHorse has created a comedy ripped from the classrooms of America that tackles the politics of representation in a way we can all be thankful for.  

“Behind all the big gestures, broad comedy, and hammy facial expressions is a pretty damning indictment of white allyship becoming so self-righteous that it turns into the thing it’s trying to combat. ” — Pittsburgh City Paper. Read the review

WESA FM preview: 
“Play spoofing Thanksgiving lore gets Pittsburgh premiere” 
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“‘The Thanksgiving Play’ Blends Biting Satire and History at Arcade Comedy Theater.”

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Performance Schedule

  • Friday, November 19 at 8PM
  • Saturday, November 20 at 8PM
  • Sunday, November 21 at 2PM
  • Thursday, December 2 at 8PM
  • Friday, December 3 at 8PM *TALKBACK*
  • Saturday, December 4 at 8PM
  • Sunday, December 5 at 2PM


$25, general admission
$20, student rush

Meet the cast

Rachael Pfennigwerth
as Logan

Matt Zierden
as Jaxton

Evelyn Hernandez
as Alicia

Matt Henderson
as Caden

Meet the creative team

Larissa FastHorse

Linda Haston

Nia Johnson
Production Manager

Maurice Redwood
Redwood Media Group

Scott Calhoon
Assistant to the Director

Dale Ray Deforest

Aaron Tarnow
Technical Director/Lighting Design

Michael Rubino
Graphic Design

Jason Clark
Sarah Wodylak
Prop Construction

Char Sedor
James Jamison

Stage Managers

The Thanksgiving Play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, New York, NY


The Cultural District is a bustling, exciting place to be — whether it’s a street festival, Pirates game, or Hollywood film shoot, there’s always something cool happening. So give yourself a little extra time to park and get to the theater. There are is a parking garage within a block of the theater, which is only $6 for the night: Smithfield & Liberty Garage.

There are also a number of bus stops near us, as well as the Wood Street T-Station, if you’re taking public transit. Drop-off and pick-up areas are available right in front of our building.

Production Policies & Info

  • All seating is general admission, with doors opening approximately 15 minutes before curtain. Guests arriving once the show has started will be asked to wait for a break in the action before being seated, and we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to sit together. Also, this play will make very little sense if you miss the beginning, so please arrive on time.