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'The Thanksgiving Play' Carves Into Woke Culture

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The cast of Larissa FastHorse's "The Thanksgiving Play" at the Geffen Playhouse.
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The cast of Larissa FastHorse's "The Thanksgiving Play" at the Geffen Playhouse.

On today's show:

Let's Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving can be one of the more complicated American holidays. And, as a current production at the Geffen Playhouse highlights, the way educators and theater artists talk about Thanksgiving can be problematic, even when they’re trying to be “woke.” Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse talks with John Horn about “The Thanksgiving Play,” which is about four white theater educators making a misguided attempt at a culturally-sensitive elementary school production. (At the Geffen through Dec. 6.)

The Impeachment Follies

The impeachment inquiry underway in Washington is very serious business. But the House Intelligence Committee hearings have been great fodder for late night TV.  The result is more than standard jokes — there have been a lot of pretty creative musical interpretations and mash ups. John recaps the best segments — so far.

Dorian Wood Channels Chavela Vargas

Costa Rica-born singer Chavela Vargas moved to Mexico as a teen and began singing rancheras at a time when the genre was dominated by men, her songs telling emotional tales of love and longing, both as a migrant and a lesbian. For the centenary of Vargas’ birth in 2019, Los Angeles singer and performance artist Dorian Wood unveils "Xavela Lux Aeterna," a tribute and reinterpretation of Vargas’ work. Wood talks with The Frame’s Andrea Gutierrez about Vargas’ legacy as a queer icon, and relating to her music as a non-binary person and migrant. (Dorian Wood performs  "Xavela Lux Aeterna" at REDCAT on Nov. 22-23.)

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