Family Time! Meet the Full Cast of Stephen Karam's THE HUMANS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
The Broadway production of Stephen Karam's much-raved-about new play, THE HUMANS opens tonight, February 18, 2016. Directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and featuring its entire acclaimed off-Broadway cast, THE HUMANS plays performances at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and the production!
The ensemble cast, all of whom were featured in the off-Broadway production at Roundabout Theatre Company, includes Cassie Beck( Aimee), Reed Birney (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre) Lauren Klein (Fiona "Momo" Blake), Arian Moayed (Richard) and Sarah Steele (Brigid).
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.
Broadway: Picnic. Off-Broadway: The Humans (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Whale, The Drunken City (Theatre World Award), Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons); By the Water (Manhattan Theatre Club and Ars Nova); The Insurgents (Labyrinth Theater Company); Happy Hour, Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Company); and Smudge (Women's Project Theater). Regional: Elemeno Pea (South Coast Repertory and Humana Festival), Prelude to a Kiss (Huntington Theatre Company), The Cherry Sisters Revisited (Humana), Three Sisters (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre).
Broadway: Gemini, Picnic, and Casa Valentina (Tony Aard nomination, Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: Blasted (Drama Desk nomination), Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award, Drama Desk Award), Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination), Tigers Be Still, The Dream of the Burning Boy (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination), and I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard (Drama Desk nomination). TV: "House of Cards" (Donald Blythe), "The Blacklist" (Tom Connolly), and "Girls." He is the recipient of a 2006 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, a 2011 Special Drama Desk Award honoring his career, and the Richard Seff Award from Actors' Equity.
Broadway: Fish in the Dark, Romeo and Juliet, Dead Accounts, Follies (Tony Award nomination), The Importance of Being Earnest, Bye Bye Birdie, Wicked, and Well (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: The Humans; Harrison, TX; Coraline; The Receptionist; The New Century; and The Pain and the Itch. She won Obie and Theatre World Awards for Well's original run at the Public Theater. She is the recipient of a 2013 Special Drama Desk Award for her artistry as an exceptionally versatile and distinctive Broadway and Off-Broadway performer. Film: Lucky Stiff, Everybody's Fine, Garden State, and Trust the Man. TV: "American Odyssey," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," and "Law & Order: SVU."
Fiona "Momo" Blake
Broadway: Other Desert Cities, Lost in Yonkers (original cast), and Broken Glass (original cast). Off-Broadway: Mr. Goldwyn, Death Defying Acts, and After the Fall. Regional: Death of a Salesman, Plainsong, Eventide, Big Love, The People's Temple, The Last Night at Ballyhoo, and Denial. National tours: Dirty Dancing, Broadway Bound, and I'm Not Rappaport. TV: "Law & Order" (Judge, recurring for ten years) and "Tales from the Darkside." Film: My One and Only, A Price Above Rubies, and Then She Found Me. Video game: Red Dead Redemption. Awards: Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a play for Big Love, Carbonell Award for Best Actress for Denial, and Denver Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress for Plainsong. She received her Master of Arts from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tony and Drama League Award nominations, Theatre World Award). Off-Broadway: The Humans (Roundabout Theatre Company), Guards at the Taj (Atlantic Theater Company), Masked (Drama Desk Award nomination), King Lear (Public Theater), and Homebody/Kabul (Steppenwolf Theatre Company/BAM). Film: Rock the Kasbah, Rosewater, and Appropriate Behavior. As a co-founder and artistic director of Waterwell, he devised 13 productions (upcoming Hamlet, A.Jax and Blueprint Specials); administers the Waterwell Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School; and with Waterwell films, has written and directed films including Day Ten (Tribeca Film Festival) and the upcoming thriller series "The Accidental Wolf."
Broadway: The Country House. Off-Broadway: Slowgirl, Russian Transport, All-American, Speech & Debate, The Netflix Plays, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Regional: Not Waving (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Film: Speech & Debate, Permission, Viena and the Fantomes, The Mend, Adult Beginners, The To Do List, Please Give, Margaret, Spanglish, and Man (short). Television: "The Good Wife," "Girls," "Nurse Jackie," "Blue Bloods," "Harry's Law," "Gossip Girl" and "Law & Order." Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Columbia University.