The Humans

CRITICS' PICK "A haunting, beautifully realized play, quite possibly the finest we will see all season... Blisteringly funny and altogether wonderful." —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"Absolutely, relentlessly gripping... Rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you." —Jesse Green, New York Magazine 

CRITICS' PICK, FIVE STARS "Gorgeous. Stephen Karam boldly forces us into a world beyond the familiar." —Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

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. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point… and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.
 
Roundabout Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of The Humans by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate). Two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Roundabout’s Assassins) directs.

The Humans is part of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative, a collection of programs, designed to foster and produce new work by emerging and established artists. The Humans is Karam’s second play commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company, following his hugely acclaimed Speech & Debate (2007) and Sons of the Prophet (his first Roundabout commission, 2011).
 
Partial underwriting support for The Humans is provided by Judith and Douglas Krupp, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and Lauren and Danny Stein.

Roundabout’s work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.

We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, Linda L. D'Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Yolanda R. Turocy, Lori Uddenberg, and Xerox Foundation.

The Humans is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
 
ACCESSIBILITY
All Roundabout Theatre Company venues are accessible to patrons with mobility disabilities. The American Airlines Theatre, Stephen Sondheim Theatre and the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre are fully accessible on both the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels, and Studio 54 is accessible on the Orchestra level only.
 
 

CRITICS' PICK "A haunting, beautifully realized play, quite possibly the finest we will see all season... Blisteringly funny and altogether wonderful." —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"Absolutely, relentlessly gripping... Rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you." —Jesse Green, New York Magazine 

CRITICS' PICK, FIVE STARS "Gorgeous. Stephen Karam boldly forces us into a world beyond the familiar." —Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

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. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point… and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. 
 

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CAST

Cassie Beck
Aimee Blake
Reed Birney
Erik Blake

Jayne Houdyshell
Deirdre Blake
Lauren Klein
Fiona "Momo" Blake
Arian Moayed
Richard
Sarah Steele
Brigid Blake

Blair Baker
u/s Aimee Blake, Brigid Blake
Michael Bryan French
u/s Erik Blake

Lizbeth Mackay
u/s Dierdre Blake
Susanne Marley
u/s Fiona "Momo" Blake

Nick Mills
u/s Richard Saad

Creative Team

Stephen Karam
Playwright
Joe Mantello
Director

David Zinn
Set Design
Sarah Laux
Costume Design

Justin Townsend
Lighting Design
Fitz Patton
Sound Design
William Joseph Barnes
Production Stage Manager

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