Arts & Culture

UK Theatre to Open Season With 'The Thanksgiving Play'

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"The Thanksgiving Play" will run Oct. 14-17, at the Briggs Theatre.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will open its Main Stage Season with "The Thanksgiving Play," written by MacArthur Fellow Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation), Oct. 14-17, at the Briggs Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Building. 

Four “woke” white artists devise a politically correct and historically accurate play for an elementary school in honor of Native American Heritage Month. What could go wrong? You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and you’ll be thankful you saw this satirical gem.  

"The Thanksgiving Play" takes the spotlight 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 14-16, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17. Tickets to "The Thanksgiving Play" are $10 for students with a university ID and $15 for the general public. To purchase tickets to UK Theatre and Dance's productions, contact the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visit online at, or visit the ticket office in person.

The Department of Theatre and Dance, part of UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Students in the department get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from professional theatre and dance faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design and technology, and dance. From mainstage productions to student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance and production.

UK College of Fine Arts respectfully acknowledges that the University of Kentucky sits​ on the traditional territory of the Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.