The Thanksgiving Play

For many years I’ve felt that the theater is the closest thing to a church most people will ever encounter. It is one of the last places that exist where a person is invited in, with open arms, and asked - just for an hour or two - to put away what they carry with them and actively practice empathy. A practice that is so deeply, unfathomably important. One that opens us up to a world that is so much larger and more loving and incomprehensible than the one we’re told we live in.


I grew up in a church like the one presented on stage… I walked into a familiar landscape tonight and was so beyond touched to see such a real struggle in front of me. One I’ve had. One my mother confronted as her father was dying. One exceedingly difficult to grapple with.


This is the kind of work that sits with you for years, sneaking up unexpectedly to make you reconsider, long after the show has closed. This is the kind of work that I want to be a part of. Tonight made me feel just how much I miss the theater and how much I appreciate the work that you are bringing to us. It is a gift to create this kind of show. It is a gift to all of us who get to sit in the question and the hurt and the struggle.


The Thanksgiving Play

by Larissa FastHorse

November 29-December 16, 2023

Run Time: ~90 minutes

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.

“I have a powerful urge to communicate with you, but I find the distance between us insurmountable.”


FastHorse effectively roasts her characters as turkeys, trussed by their own self-consciousness. In a swift 90 minutes, The Thanksgiving Play delivers solid laughs at the expense of targets that are admittedly, at this point, not unfamiliar: clueless liberals so busy holding space that they don’t get around to filling it with anything. What the play doesn’t do is provide much sense of a better solution to the questions that its hapless theater folks are stultified by. This absence leaves you with a question, at the end, that is double-edged: Where the representation of identity and history are concerned, is nothing good enough?
          –Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

…by the time the bloody tale of the Pequot massacre is enacted onstage, you may find yourself agreeing with Logan, of all people. Being a vegan, she already struggles with the “holiday of death”; I wanted to disown it entirely, from the turkeys all the way back to the Pilgrims. But “The Thanksgiving Play” is not primarily a brief for correcting American history. Like Tracy Letts’s “The Minutes,” which also uncovered a horrific massacre hiding in the clothing of civic pageantry, FastHorse is interested in how new information (new only to some people) might change the stories we tell in the future. The first step, to judge by the absurd crew onstage, will be to change the storytellers. FastHorse being the first Native American woman known to have a play produced on Broadway, maybe we’ve finally started.
          –Jesse Green, The New York Times



Did you catch director Benjamin Burdick on Idaho Matters? Listen to Gemma Gaudette on Boise State Public Radio:

Show Times

Wednesday & Thursday – 7:00 pm

Friday & Saturday – 8:00 pm

Saturday Matinee – 2:00 pm

Special Performance Dates

Preview Nights:
Wed, Nov 29, 2023 – Fri, Dec 1, 2023

Pay What You Want Night:
Wed, Nov 29, 2023

Opening Night:
Sat, Dec 2, 2023

Educators’ Night:
Wed, Dec 6, 2023

First Thursday Happy Hour:
5-6 pm, Thu, Dec 7, 2023

Post-Show Convo:
Sat, Dec 9, 2023, & Fri, Dec 15, 2023

Closing Night:
Sat, Dec 16, 2023

Content and Stage Effects Advisory

BCT does not proactively offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 208.331.9224 or

Ticket Prices

22|23 Preview Performances

(First Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday prior to Opening Night)

               All Seats – $28

22|23 Regular Performances

               Section A – $45

               Section B – $38

               Section C – $32

22|23 Student Tickets

As part of our commitment to keeping theater accessible to everyone, we will continue to offer discounted students tickets to anyone with a valid Student ID. Student Tickets are valid in any available seating area.

               All Student Seats – $18

*Prices do not include applicable taxes and fees

Seating Map

Seating prices are based
on where you sit.

Seats are divided into 4 sections:
Section A, Section B, Section C,
and the BCT BOX.

All seating prices will be based on the Section where your tickets are located regardless of day.

Click on the seating chart below to see the seating sections.

*Preview Performances and Student Tickets will be continue to be priced at a single discounted rate and will not be seated according to section.



Ben Voris@bwvoris
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The 5x5 was wonderful—with one rehearsal! Loved the chance to listen to the Q&A with the actors and to shake their hands. Looking forward to Sweat.
Kris Clegg@kris.clegg.10
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What an incredible show! Thank you!! You, the cast and the play were amazing!
Edna Shochat@Edna.Shochat
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Thank you for this show. And what a performance that was.


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