Flying Anvil Theatre gets funny for Thanksgiving

Suzanne CadaOur Town Arts, West Knoxville

The Flying Anvil Theatre debuts its latest production, “The Thanksgiving Play,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 28, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scramble to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. The play is directed by David Ratliff, who previously directed two of Flying Anvil’s original Zoom plays in 2020.

The cast of local actors includes Mitch Moore, Celeste Pelletier, David Hutto and Amber Collins Crane. Edina Bobreck is the costume designer, Jordan Vera designs lighting with set by Jax Wright and props by Jordan McCready. Randy Thompson is stage manager.

The Thanksgiving Play continues Flying Anvil’s commitment to reopening safely. The theatre requires everyone to show a vaccination card or negative Covid test and to wear masks within the space. In addition, only 60 seats are sold for each performance, so audience members can distance themselves within the theatre.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $13 for students with ID. The Flying Anvil Theatre is located at 1300 Rocky Hill Rd, 37919. For more information or to purchase tickets go here or call 865-357-1309.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance

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