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A One-Act Satirical Comedy

A troupe of terminally woke teaching artists scramble to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both turkey day and Native American History Month. 

A New Season Of Exceptional Theatre

This critically acclaimed play was written by Larissa FastHorse and is directed by Jeanette Godoy. It highlights the cultural significance and appropriation of the Thanksgiving holiday.  This production is the first of Southern Rep’s new 2021-22 MainStage lineup, to be announced soon.

At Loyola University Dec. 8-19

The Thanksgiving Play will be a site-specific production presented in the Design Studio at Loyola University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

December 8 & 9th @ 7:30pm (previews)
Friday, December 10th, @ 7:30pm (open)
Saturday, December 11th, @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 12th, @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Thursday, December 16th @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 17th, @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 18th, @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 19th, @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm (close)

An Ideal Play For A Long-Awaited Opening

In this regional premiere, four white people try to devise a politically correct First Thanksgiving school play for Native American Heritage Month.  The director, Logan, hires a Native American actor as their cultural compass.  As Logan, Jaxton and Caden defer to her for guidance, it is revealed that she is white and only plays Native American when she isn’t playing other ethnicities. Without the Native voice, these white people must find their way through a crazy thicket of privilege, historical accuracy and school district rules. 

About Director Jeanette Godoy 

Jeanette Godoy is an Indigenous Director and Interdisciplinary Artivist (Actor, Costume Designer and Social Justice Educator).  She was raised in Inglewood, California, and received her BA in Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Chicana/o Studies from San Diego State University. 

Jeanette also holds a BCLAD Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an MFA in Theater with a double focus in Acting and Costume Design from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.  Most recently, Jeanette has taught Theatre for the 21st Century at California State University, Long Beach, and has directed ensemble productions for the Acting and Performance Summer Institute (APSI) at UCLA and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. 

As an Actor and Theatre Project, AFI, UCLA, Project Involve-Film Independent, Ghetto Film School and Lodo Productions. Jeanette is founder of TIZAPAPALOTL Productions which focuses on film and theatre for social justice, and is owner of LA PACHUCADA, which specializes in vintage and recycled clothing. You can follow her work via IG: @misskahlo “Nimitz tlacuiquilia ica noche nohc yohlotzi, ome yocan”- OMETEOTL. 

 Reverence For Native Americans

As we present A Thanksgiving Play, Southern Rep is mindful that we are on occupied Choctaw and Chitimacha land.  We show reverence to our ancestors and the original people of this land.  Native American History Month is observed in November. 

.  Louisiana Native America tribes were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Ida.  We support the United Friendship nonprofit. which serves the Houma Nation, a state reservation.   

.  American Indian and Alaska Native population is 7.1 million as of 2020. 

.  There are 324 distinct, federally recognized American Indian reservations in 2020. 

.  In 1915, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, president, Congress of the American Indian Association, began working to make American Indian Day a national observance.

.  But it wasn’t until 1924 when all Native Americans were granted citizenship, as Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act.

.  Wondering about the most respectful term for Native Americans?  Many institutions still refer to Indigenous peoples as American Indian and Alaska Native.  Since the 1960s, American Indian has been seen as a misnomer, sometimes carrying racist connotations.  Native American has became the preferred term of reference.