Fall 2023 THE THANKSGIVING PLAY by Larissa FastHorse

  • Director: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson
  • Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Dathan Powell
  • Costume Designer: TBA


OPEN Auditions and OPEN Crew Interviews: Tuesday, September 5 & Wednesday, September 6, 2023

(Callbacks for some Actors on Thursday, September 7 at 7:00pm)

For both Tuesday, September 5th and Wednesday, September 6th, the beginning times are:



Open Crew Interviews

Open Auditions


The Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center–Level 1, UIS Campus

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. There is nothing to prepare.

1 Minute Contemporary Monologues are appreciated, but not required. Headshots/Resumes are also appreciated, but also not required.

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY Performances are set for Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28, Sunday, October 29 & Thursday, November 2, Friday, November 3, Saturday, November 4, 2023.

All performances will be at 7:30pm, except for the Sunday, October 29th matinee at 2:00pm.

Roles Available

2 women and 2 men. Character descriptions here are taken from the acting edition of the published script:


  • Female presenting
  • The high school drama teacher that's always pushing the envelope in potentially inappropriate ways
  • Earnest about theatre and proving herself


  • Male presenting
  • Yoga practitioner/actor
  • Politically correct to a fault, a big one
  • He's that confident guy everyone loves, but his logical PC thinking takes weird turns


  • Female presenting
  • Brunette
  • Has looks that would have been cast as ethnic in 1950s movies
  • Without guile
  • Sexy and hot, but not bright


  • Male presenting
  • The Academic
  • Awkward elementary school teacher with dramatic aspirations but no experience

For an electronic copy of the audition application form or crew interview form, please contact either Director, Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson (ethib1@uis.edu) or Scenic Designer/Technical Director, Dathan Powell (dpowe5@uis.edu). Please Note: Audition application forms and Crew interview forms will also be available at the Crew Interviews and Auditions.

Scripts ARE NOW AVAILABLE at the Brookens Library front desk for 24 hour reserve checkout.

Work Behind the Scenes

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) only need to attend one night of the crew interviews. Be sure to fill out a crew application form prior to the crew interviews start time via the online form and indicate the area of interest backstage. The technical director will schedule time to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.


Please fill out an audition form via the online form prior to arriving at the audition start time OR first thing when you arrive to audition. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks and have fun! Prepared monologues and headshots/resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.

UIS Theatre invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for backstage work for one of our upcoming productions. Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production. UIS Theatre strives to have our productions reflect the diversity of our world. As such, actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identifications and abilities are welcome and encouraged to audition for all of our productions.