The Thanksgiving Play / What Would Crazy Horse Do?

The Thanksgiving Play / What Would Crazy Horse Do?

Larissa FastHorse


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The Thanksgiving Play had its world premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in the fall of 2018.

What Would Crazy Horse Do? had its world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2017

FastHorse is a Native American playwright and choreographer. She is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Lakota people.

Her other plays include: Cow Pie Bingo, Urban Rez, Native Nation, Landless, Average Family, Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation, and Cherokee Family Reunion.

She has written commissions for Yale Rep, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, AlterTheater, Kennedy Center TYA, Native Voices at the Autry, Perseverance Theater Company, and Mountainside Theatre.

FastHorse has also developed plays with Kansas City Rep, Artists Rep Portland, Arizona Theater Company, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, and Berkley Group Rep’s Ground Floor.

FastHorse is a member of the Playwrights’ Center Core Writers, Playwright’s Union, and Director’s Lab West 2015.

With playwright and performer Ty Defoe, FastHorse founded Indigenous Direction, a consulting firm that helps organizations and individuals who want to create accurate work by, for and with Indigenous peoples.

FastHorse has been awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year, and numerous Ford, Mellon, and NEA Grants.


Larissa FastHorse:

Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is a writer/choreographer, and co-founder of Indigenous Direction, the nation’s leading consulting company for Indigenous arts and audiences, which recently produced the first land acknowledgment on national television for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Larissa is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theater to have a play on the top ten most-produced list, with The Thanksgiving Play. Larissa is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She is working on film and television projects with Disney, NBC, and DreamWorks. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, the sculptor Edd Hogan.