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Sat, Nov 23


Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory

Potluck & Plays: The Thanksgiving Play

Join us for an evening of food and theater! We will share food and then sit down and read a play round-robin style. Everyone is encouraged to bring food to share! This month, we will be reading The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse. This is a Pay What You Can event

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Potluck & Plays: The Thanksgiving Play
Potluck & Plays: The Thanksgiving Play

Time & Location

Nov 23, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory, 489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

About The Event

In order to help us expand our play reading, we will be hosting a series of pot-lucks where we all sit down and read a play. 

This month, we will be reading The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse.

About the event:

Q. How does it work?

A. MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER/RSVP FOR THIS EVENT. Bring a dish to share (or $5). We eat first, and then when it's time to read we will all pick characters out of a hat and then change readers at each act. The reading will be followed by a discussion of the piece.

Q. What if I don't want to read?

A. No problem! Join us for food, community, and to hear a play read out loud! 

Q. Can I show up late?

A. Our potluck begins precisely at 5:30, and we encourage participants to be on time so that we can all enjoy each other's dishes! That said, we'll never turn anyone away. We start reading as close to 6 as possible and choose new parts after each act, so there's always room for new faces to jump in, regardless of what time they arrived.

Q. What if I don't have time to make anything or pick anything up for the potluck?

A. If you arrive empty-handed we suggest you drop $5 in the bucket, but no one will be turned away.

About the 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." - Samuel French

About the playwright:

Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is an award winning playwright. Larissa's produced plays include The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons, Artists Rep), What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company, ASU Gammage, NEFA National tour 2019-20), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project) and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include Yale Rep, History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, Perseverance Theater Company, The Lark Playwrights Week, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Larissa’s awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for an American Playwright, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Creative Capital, Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants. Larissa is the vice chair of the board of directors of Theater Communications group and represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY. 

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