Stephen Karam’s The Humans begins its Broadway engagement Jan. 23 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The ensemble cast featured in the acclaimed Off-Broadway staging, which wrapped up Jan. 3, have all made the move to the Great White Way.
Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller are behind the transfer; The Humans debuted Oct. 25, 2015, at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre. Read reviews for the Roundabout's Off-Broadway production of The Humans here.
First Pics of Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell and Sarah Steele in Roundabout's The Humans
The production marks Karam's Broadway playwriting debut. It is his second commission from Roundabout following Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner Awards for Best Play; inaugural Sam Norkin Drama Desk Award). Roundabout also produced his 2007 playwriting debut Speech & Debate, which also starred Steele.
In The Humans, according to production notes, "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."