Roundabout's The Humans to transfer to Broadway


According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Stephen Karam's latest drama The Humans, directed by Joe Mantello, will be transferring to the Great White Way in Spring 2016. Although a venue and exact dates are still to be confirmed, it has been reported that the current off-Broadway cast will remain for the Broadway transfer.

The cast of The Humans includes Cassie Beck (Aimee), Reed Birney (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre), Lauren Klein (Fiona 'Momo' Blake), Arian Moayed (Richard), and Sarah Steele (Brigid).

The NY premiere of The Humans began previews off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre on 30 September 2015 and officially opened on 25 October. The limited engagement plays through to 27 December 2015.

Synopsis: "After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s new apartment. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point. Stephen Karam takes a look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family."

The creative team of The Humans features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Justin Townsend, and sound design by Fitz Patton.

This marks playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam's second commission by The Roundabout Theatre Company, as part of their New Play Initiative. His first commission came in the form of his 2011 offering 'Sons of the Prophet'. His 2007 play 'Speech & Debate' also featured as the inaugural production of the Roundabout Underground program. This Broadway transfer marks Karam's Broadway debut.

- by Tom Millward