Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by John Battalino
Ubu's Other Shoe Artistic Direction by Michael Siebrass
August 30 – August 31, 2019
Friday @ 7 pm Saturday @ 2 pm & 7 pm
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 and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. A bold, bruised, and billowing drama, The Humans layers the fabric of a family’s past as they gather for a holiday meal. As the Blake family poke at old wounds and forcibly stumble through treasured traditions, tensions bubble over, secrets fight their way to the surface, and the world creaks curiously around them.
THE HUMANS is a major discovery, a play as empathetic as it is clear-minded, as entertaining as it is honest.
– NY Times
Stephen Karam's kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play [is] a celebration of working-class familial imperfection and affection and a game-changing work for this gifted young playwright.
– Chicago Times
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