Celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving by immersing yourself in these titles that capture the essence of families gathering together. From heartwarming titles that evoke a sense of appreciation to thought-provoking dramas, these titles promise to bring a renewed appreciation for all the blessings in our lives!
Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.
Family Holiday by DC Catho
A relaxing holiday is turned on its head in this hilarious farce about family secrets and coming out. RJ goes home for the holidays, hoping to have a nice, relaxing time with his family and best friend. Things don’t turn out as he expects when he arrives to find his sister newly single, his Nana on a health kick, his mother frantically dashing in and out, and his father nervous about all of the strange behavior. Secrets are revealed and RJ is stuck in the middle of this fast-paced holiday farce for modern times.
The Humans by Stephen Karam
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.
The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod
It’s Thanksgiving, and Marty’s arrival home is greatly anticipated by his mother, Mrs. Pascal, his twin sister, Jackie-O, and his younger brother, Anthony. He arrives during a hurricane, but worse than the storm is the fact that Marty brings Lesly, his fiancée. This ruins everything, and turns the family’s holiday upside down.
I Was Most Alive With You by Craig Lucas
A hearing father and his Deaf son have struggled to attain balance and meaning as recovering alcoholics and addicts, only to be tested when a horrific event deprives them of their hard-won ascendancy. Inspired by the Book of Job, I Was Most Alive With You is a gripping exploration of faith in an otherwise faithless universe.
In the Wake by Lisa Kron
It’s Thanksgiving of 2000 and the presidential election still has not been decided. Ellen insists that her friends and family don’t understand how bad the situation really is. But no one—not her loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world-weary Judy—can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. A funny, passionate, and ultimately searing new play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character—and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves.
Make Believe by Bess Wohl
Four young siblings recreate their everyday lives in a game of make-believe in their attic, while the world beneath them bodes a more sinister reality. Defying all narrative expectations, Make Believe is a gut-wrenching meditation on the imprint of childhood trauma on adults.