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Stephen Karam makes his Broadway debut with his acclaimed new family drama.
Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck, Arian Moayed, Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney in <i>The Humans</i>
Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck, Arian Moayed, Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney in The Humans Joan Marcus

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.

Helmed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the cast features Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele. An official opening night is scheduled for Feb. 18.

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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.

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."

The creative team includes David Zinn (sets), Sarah Laux (costumes), Justin Townsend (lighting) and Fitz Patton (sound).

The Helen Hayes Theatre is located at 240 West 44th St., Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased via or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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