Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houbyshell to Star in Film Adaptation of THE HUMANS
Schumer was initially supposed to work on a film with actress Jennifer Lawrence, but that was put on the back burner, and instead she will be shooting "The Humans" in the fall.
Jayne Houdyshell will reprise her Tony-winning role in the film. Beanie Feldstein, Richard Gilkins, Amy Schumer and Steven Yeun will also star. Karam will adapt and direct the film version of his play.
"The Humans," the 2016 Tony Award-winning Best Play by Stephen Karam, garnered the most ecstatic reviews of any play in recent memory and was heralded as "The Best Play of the Year" by The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Record, Time Out New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and The Wrap.
The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed-then shoved-into the light in this uproarious, hopeful and heartbreaking 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.
After transferring from Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre, the Broadway production began performances on Sunday, January 24, 2016, and officially opened on Thursday, February 18 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Sweeping the 2016 awards season, the limited engagement was extended and moved on August 9 to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, thereby doubling its capacity. At the time of its closing, "The Humans" had played 502 performances in New York.
The ensemble cast, all of whom were featured in the Off-Broadway production at Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd HaimesArtistic Director), includes Cassie Beck (Aimee), Reed Birney (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre)Lauren Klein (Fiona "Momo" Blake), Arian Moayed (Richard) and Sarah Steele (Brigid).
"The Humans" is the recipient of four 2016 TONY AWARDS including Best Play (Author, Stephen Karam), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Jayne Houdyshell), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Reed Birney), and Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Zinn) and four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play (Justin Townsend), Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Fitz Patton) and a 2016 Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. In 2016, "The Humans" was named the Best Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics' Circle, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League. The Obie Awards honored Stephen Karam with a 2016 Award for Playwriting and Jayne Houdyshell with a 2016 Award for Performance.
"The Humans," a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is Stephen Karam's second play commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company following his Pulitzer Prize finalist "Sons of the Prophet" (his first Roundabout commission; 2011) and the hugely acclaimed premiere of "Speech & Debate" (2007).