We are pleased to announce the cast of the Off-Broadway premiere production of Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam’s The Humans, directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, as part of our 50th Anniversary Season.
The cast will feature Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Greg Keller, Sarah Steele and Joyce Van Patten.
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake (Birney) 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. A fresh look at the mysteries of the modern American family, this strikingly witty new play reminds us that we all have our fears, but we don’t have to face them alone.
The Humans is part of our 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 that we have commissioned, following his hugely acclaimed Speech & Debate (2007) and Sons of the Prophet (his first Roundabout commission; 2011).
In addition to welcoming back Stephen Karam and Roundabout Associate Artist Joe Mantello (Assassins, The Ritz) for the 50th Anniversary Season, we are thrilled to welcome back a group of actors who have graced our stages multiple times. Reed Birney and Cassie Beck were seen in Picnic (2013) and Birney spent the 2010-2011 season headlining Roundabout Underground’s The Dream of the Burning Boy and Tigers Be Still; Jayne Houdyshell starred in The Importance of Being Earnest (2011), The Language Archive (2010) and Bye Bye Birdie (2009); Joyce Van Patton was seen in The People in the Picture (2011) and Sarah Steele was the breakout star in Stephen Karam’s first play Speech & Debate at Roundabout Underground in 2007.
2015-2016 Season, The Humans