Parallel 45 Theatre is pleased to announce two virtual shows for audiences this fall.
First, last year’s smash-hit “The Alphabet Experience” returns on September 24, but this time it is set in the age of COVID-19. With hilarious new twists on classic sketches and fan favorites like “Y is for YouTube” and “B is for Blender,” there will be something for all ages. Then, on November 17, the National Writers Series and Parallel 45 Theatre will present their first-ever collaboration, a virtual staged reading of “The Thanksgiving Play,” performed by phenomenal professional actors, followed by an intimate conversation with award-winning playwright Larissa FastHorse.
DEJA ZOOM // September 24
If you enjoyed last season’s “The Alphabet Experience,” you are going to love the COVID-19 edition, Deja Zoom: The Virtual Alphabet Experience Live! This time around, P45 actors will race to complete 26 alphabet-based sketches in under an hour while staying socially-distanced. This uproarious and high-energy show will have audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats.
The Thanksgiving Play // November 17
Parallel 45 Theatre is thrilled to partner with the National Writers Series on this timely presentation of “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse. One of the top ten most-produced plays in America last season, this contemporary satire explores our beloved national holiday and asks, “how does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time?” In Larissa FastHorse’s 2015 biting satire, this is the question facing three “woke” white thespians tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps. The play is hilarious but also delivers thought-provoking dialogue around race and equity.
Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award-winning writer and co-founder of Indigenous Direction. She is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theater on that list. Her list of nationally-produced plays is long and includes “What Would Crazy Horse Do?,” “Landless,” “Cow Pie Bingo” and “Average Family.”
“The National Writers Series celebrates both the craft of the written word and the necessity of sharing those words with one another, something that couldn’t be more essential in these times,” says Anne Stanton, NWS Director.