Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” Will Open This Season on Broadway
Rick Miramontez / Andy Snyder
FOR RELEASE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015
“Blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad, and altogether wonderful.
A haunting, beautifully realized play with a level of compassion
unmatched by anything I’ve seen in recent years.
Quite possibly the finest play we’ll see all season.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
FOLLOWING ITS SENSATION-CAUSING OFF-BROADWAY RUN
WILL OPEN THIS SEASON ON BROADWAY
THE BEST REVIEWED NEW PLAY OF THE YEAR
WILL BEGIN PERFORMANCES AT
THE HELEN HAYES THEATRE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
New York, NY – Scott Rudin and Barry Diller will present the Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes Artistic Director) production of Stephen Karam’s much-raved-about new play, The Humans, on Broadway this season, following its smash-hit Off-Broadway engagement. Directed by Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello and featuring its entire acclaimed current Off-Broadway cast, The Humans will begin performances at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street) on Saturday, January 23, 2016, and open officially on Thursday, February 18.
The ensemble cast, all of whom are featured in the current Off-Broadway production, includes Cassie Beck (Aimee), Reed Birney (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre) Lauren Klein (Fiona “Momo” Blake), Arian Moayed (Richard) and Sarah Steele (Brigid).
The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed – then shoved – into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake (Birney) has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic.
The creative team includes David Zinn (Sets), Sarah Laux (Costumes), Justin Townsend (Lighting) and Fitz Patton (Sound).
Tickets will be available, beginning on Friday, December 11, via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200 / (800) 447-7400.
The Humans is Stephen Karam’s second play commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company, following his Pulitzer Prize finalist Sons of the Prophet (his first Roundabout commission; 2011) and the hugely acclaimed premiere of Speech & Debate (2007). Karam’s work at Roundabout is a part of their New Play Initiative; a collection of programs designed to foster and produce new work by emerging and established artists.
“The Humans is a great play, rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart
and scares the bejesus out of you. The result is a miracle.”
– Jesse Green, New York Magazine