WAYNE, Neb. – A community theatre group is bringing a slightly different Thanksgiving production to its northeast Nebraska audience.

The Wayne Community Theatre is producing The Thanksgiving Play by Native American author Larissa FastHorse.

The play is a sharp comedy, and director Rusty Ruth said that FastHorse’s inspiration came from a place of frustration.

“She originally came up with the idea because a producer told her, ‘Why don’t you write a show about white people?’ So, then she answered it," Ruth said. "It’s a way for her to be able to get concerns that her and her community are feeling. It’s just wonderful to be able to get that voice out into the theatre world.”

Ruth, who works as a theatre professor at Wayne State College, cast a group of actors that includes Wayne Community Theatre board members, Wayne State students and professors, and actors who have performed professionally.

“I love to be able to tell this story because it talks a lot about issues about cultural appropriation, as well as just even understanding what our role in society is to make sure that all voices are heard,” Ruth said.

The play will be presented Friday and Saturday at The Coop, which is connected to Johnnie Byrd Brewery in Wayne, and audience members can purchase drinks prior to the show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights, and tickets can be purchased for $12. Admission is open to adults 18 and over.

“It’s a comedy, so it’s going to be a little bit more digestible, but hopefully it allows them some more empathy about people who don’t exactly look like they look like,” Ruth said.