Williamston Theatre welcomes you back to live performance!
Two evenings of staged readings held on MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre stage
August 6 & 7, 2021
On The Market
by Jason Odell Williams
Friday, August 6 at 7pm
A former singer, now realtor, struggles with the modern dating scene after becoming a widow two years ago only to have her life turned upside down when she finds a mysterious note from her dead husband telling her it’s okay to “move on.” A modern, romantic comedy for grown-ups about love, loss, and finding your Forever Home. Featuring Sarab Kamoo, John Lepard, Jasmine Rivera, and David Wolber.
The Thanksgiving Play
by Larissa FastHorse
Saturday, August 7 at 7pm
How does one celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month at the same time? In Larissa FastHorse’s 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. A roast of the politics of entertainment and well-meaning political correctness alike, The Thanksgiving Play puts the American origin story itself in the comedy-crosshairs.
Directed by Tony Caselli
Free and open to the public. On the MSU Campus off Auditorium Road, between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Art Museum. Both plays are intended for mature audiences. No reservations required. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and bug spray. Masks are required for un-vaccinated patrons. Social distancing is not required but encouraged.
About the Playwrights
Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway as well as in theatres across the country. His play Church & State was a 2016 NNPN Rolling World Premiere, and nominated for a BEST NEW PLAY AWARD by the Off-Broadway Alliance and has been optioned for a film. In his other life, Jason works as a writer and producer on such TV shows as “Brain Games” on Nat Geo, “60 Days In” on A&E, “Homicide Hunter” on Discovery ID (seasons 2 and 9), and the new hit Netflix Original Series “Brainchild.” Jason lives in Manhattan with his wife, their daughter (a budding actress-singer-graphic novelist), and their rescued dog who loves chasing squirrels.
Larissa FastHorse is a Sicangu Lakota Nation playwright, director, and choreographer. A 2020 MacArthur fellow, her work radically engages Indigenous collaborators to explore onstage representations of the joys and challenges that the Native community faces. A co-founder of Indigenous Direction, the nation’s leading consulting company for Indigenous arts and audiences, Larissa’s other awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for an American Playwright, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, and the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year. She was vice chair of the board of directors of Theater Communications Group and lives in Santa Monica with her husband, the sculptor Edd Hogan.