The Thanksgiving Play

by Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Scott Edmiston

Featuring: Barlow Adamson*, Amanda Collins*, Grace Experience*, Jesse Hinson*

Scenic Design by Janie E. Howland
Costume Design by Rachel Padula-Shufelt
Sound Design by Dewey Dellay
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Wardrobe: Ashley Rabon
Production Stage Manager: Diane McLean
Assistant Stage Manager: Betsy Pierce
Props Artisan: Jennifer Butler


Season sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser, Joe Richard & Rene Morrissette
in Memory of Rose Rocco and Yves Morrissette, and
Production sponsored by Mary K. Eliot
Director Scott Edmiston sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser
Set Design sponsored by Jo-An Heileman


Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest – and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this 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.





Cast & Crew

Barlow Adamson* – Caden

Barlow Adamson* (Caden) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Chinglish, Time Stands Still, The Scene, Private Lives, Noises Off, Arms and the Man, and Red Herring. Local credits include The Villains’ Supper Club (Merrimack Rep), Small Mouth Sounds – Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Ensemble, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Reckless, Almost Maine (SpeakEasy Stage), Photograph 51, Marjorie Prime, Operation Epsilon, On The Verge, The Swan (Nora Theatre),  Paradise, Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M. (Underground Railway), Elemenopea – Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Actor, The Honey Trap, Reconsidering Hanna/h, Matters Familias (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), The Maiden’s Prayer, A Month In The Country (Huntington Theatre),  Sixty Miles too Silver Lake (Bridge Rep), The Norman Conquests, Dinner With Friends, (Gloucester Stage), A Christmas Story, (New Rep). He has also directed Shakespeare’s R+J, Bunbury: A Serious Play For Trivial People, The Monster Tales (Mill 6 Collaborative), and From Denmark with LoveBear Patrol (Vaquero Playground).

Amanda Collins* – Logan

Amanda Collins* (Logan) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Regional theatre: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Merrimack Rep, Elliot Norton Award, Best Actress), Old Money (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), The 39 Steps, To Kill A Mockingbird, Out of Sterno, This is Our Youth (Gloucester Stage), Back the Night, Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Women Who Mapped The Stars, Life of Galileo (Central Square Theater), A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald Soprano, Speech and Debate, Colorado (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), The Seagull (Harbor Stage), Fun Home, Men on Boats, My Name Is Asher Lev (Cape Rep), Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theater), When the World Was Green, An Ideal Husband (American Stage, Florida), Jester’s Dead (The Outfit in NYC). She was a founding member of Harbor Stage Company. Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Castle Rock (Hulu) and Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot). Film: Sea of Trees.

Grace Experience* – Alicia

Grace Experience* (Alicia) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared inThe Wolves last season. Credits Include: Grounded (59E59), The Turn of the Screw (Middlebury Actors’ Workshop), Ellis Island (Regional Tour), Beauty and the Beast (Berkshire Theatre Group), Frankenstein (Cardinal Stage Company), Our TownInto the Woods (Heartwood Regional Theatre), Beardo (Pipeline Theatre Company), Some People Hear Thunder (The Space at Capital Repertory Theatre), Dial M for Murder (The Millbrook Playhouse), Cinderella (Saint Michael’s Playhouse). Grace is an award winning audiobook narrator for Penguin Random House Audio and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Love to Mom, Dad and Stephen.

Jesse Hinson* – Jaxton

Jesse Hinson* (Jaxton) is a Boston-based actor making his Lyric Stage debut.  Recent credits include Cymbeline (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), and Photograph 51 (Central Square Theatre).  He has also appeared at Actors’ Shakespeare Project, New Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group, and Georgia Shakespeare. Jesse earned an M.F.A. in acting at Brandeis University and a B.A. in theatre at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University.

Scott Edmiston – Director

Scott Edmiston (Director) returns to the Lyric where he directed their award-winning productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and My Fair Lady. Other favorite Lyric production include: The Little Foxes, Anna Christie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Water by the Spoonful, Time Stands Still, Miss Witherspoon, Lobby Hero, and Private Lives. Scott has directed more than 60 Boston area productions including Constellations, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Shakespeare in Love, The History Boys, The Light in the Piazza, Five by Tenn, In the Next Room, and A Marvelous Party. He has received four Norton Awards and three IRNE Awards for his direction, and he is the recipient of the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. Scott is the Dean of Theatre at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Janie E. Howland** – Scenic Design

Janie E. Howland** (Scenic Design). Recent Lyric designs: Little Shop of Horrors, Pacific Overtures, Little Foxes; Other designs include La Belle Hélène (Odyssey Opera), Nat Turner in Jerusalem (ASP), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Center), Art Makes Sense CONSENSES Exhibit (Mass MOCA). Other venues include: NYCDA, Lynn Redgrave Theatre (NY), Harvard Univ., Moonbox Productions, Boston Children’s Theatre, New Rep, Weston Playhouse (VT), North Shore Music Theatre, Central Square Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Ohio Star Theatre (OH), A.R.T. Institute, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (NJ), Huntington Theatre. Brandeis University M.F.A.; four-time Elliot Norton Award winner, four-time IRNE Award winner; adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829.

Rachel Padula Shufelt – Costume Design

Rachel Padula-Shufelt (Costume Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously designed Dying City, Sunday in the Park with George and Nuncrackers. Recent designs include Once, Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), Macbeth (Actors Shakespeare Project), 1776 (New Rep), and Frankenstein (Central Square/ Nora Theater). She also works all over New England and New York as a make-up artist and hair/ wig designer. Rachel has received three Eliot Norton Awards for outstanding design. 

Karen Perlow** – Lighting Design

Karen Perlow** (Lighting Design) has been a Boston area designer for over 25 years.  She returns to the Lyric where favorite productions include The Wolves, The Little Foxes, Anna Christie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miss Witherspoon, and Urinetown, the Musical. Upcoming productions: Admissions (SpeakEasy Stage), Postcards from Morocco (NEC), Maytag Virgin (Merrimack Rep), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Boston Conservatory at Berklee). Karen has taught Light Design at Northeastern and MIT. She currently teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages with the YMCA/ILC.  Member USA 829. She also proudly serves as the treasurer of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund ( 

Dewey Dellay – Sound Design/Original Music

Dewey Dellay (Sound Design/Original Music) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Anna Christie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, Miss Witherspooon (Elliot Norton Award), 9 Parts of Desire (Elliot Norton Award), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Other design/composition credits: The Bakelite MasterpieceIdeationConstellations (Elliot Norton Award, Underground Railway Theater) and Universe Rushing Apart (Commonwealth Shakespeare). TV: music for This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN).  Music composition for digital children’s books produced by Live Oak Media.

Diane McLean* – Production Stage Manager

Betsy Pierce – Assistant Stage Manager

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