FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play, which is getting its full premiere at Artists Rep, is about characters who aren’t as uninhibited: three actors and one director who are attempting to create a play for Thanksgiving that will be politically correct, 45 minutes long and appropriate for an elementary school audience. WW spoke to FastHorse, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, about writing The Thanksgiving Play and the worst things about white liberal theater.
Written by Portland playwright E.M. Lewis, it’s a harrowing, epic odyssey about a group of researchers working in an isolated Antarctica laboratory. A world premiere staged by Artist Repertory Theatre, Magellanica has a five-and-a-half-hour run time, three intermissions and a 25-minute dinner break. That may make the play sound like a daunting ordeal, “Magellanica” isn’t something you sit through to prove that you can—full of intoxicating images and intense emotions, it’s a seamless fusion of spectacle and intimacy.