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Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan and More to Lead THE HUMANS Tour at Seattle Rep This Fall

Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan and More to Lead THE HUMANS Tour at Seattle Rep This Fall

Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller just announced the cast and itinerary for the national tour of the most acclaimed American play in recent memory: The Humans.

The cast of The Humans first national tour will feature Richard Thomas as Erik, Pamela Reed as Deirdre, Daisy Eagan as Brigid, Lauren Klein as Momo, Therese Plaehn as Aimee, and Luis Vega as Richard.

This November (Nov. 17 - Dec. 17, 2017), The Humans kicks off its coast-to-coast national tour at Seattle Repertory Theatre before moving on to engagements in top markets across the United States.

Garnering the most ecstatic reviews of any play in recent memory, and heralded in 2016 as "The Best Play of the Year" by The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Record, Time Out New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, and TheWrap, the tour will feature the entire creative team from the Broadway production, led by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello and including Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Justin Townsend, and sound designer Fitz Patton.

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 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 theHelen Hayes Theatre. Sweeping the 2016 Awards Season, including winning the Tony Award for Best Play, 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 Humans is the receipient of 4 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), 4 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Lighting Design of 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).

The Humans is produced by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander,Roy Furman, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, The John Gore Organization, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, The Shubert Organization, Diana DiMenna. Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson serve as Executive Producers.

For more about the production, visit, and follow on Twitter: @TheHumansPlay.


Richard Thomas (Erik Blake). Mr. Thomas? most recent stage appearance was in the Broadway revival of The Little Foxes, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance in the revival of Arthur Miller?s Incident at Vichyat the Signature Theater Company. Other recent performances include Iago in Barry Edelstein?s production of Othello at The Old Globe, and Jimmy Carter in Lawrence Wright?s Camp David, as well as Broadway productions of Ibsen?s An Enemy of the People, David Mamet?s Race, and Michael Frayn?s Democracy. He created the roles of John-Boy on the CBS television series "The Waltons" for which he won the Emmy Award, and Agent Frank Gaad on the FX series "The Americans." Richard was last seen on tour in the hit revival of Twelve Angry Men.

Pamela Reed (Deirdre Blake). Broadway: Fools, The November People. Off-Broadway: Standing on My Knees, Getting Out (Drama Desk Award). At the New York Shakespeare Festival, Ms. Reed premiered Curse of the Starving Class (Drama Desk nomination), Aunt Dan and Lemon, Fen,Sorrows of Stephen, and All's Well That Ends Well. Ms. Reed starred in the world premiere of Ezra Pound's translation of Sophocles' Elektra. Film credits include Kindergarten Cop, The Long Riders,Bean, Junior, Melvin & Howard, The Best of Times, Cadillac Man, Rachel River, Passed Away,Proof of Life, and The Right Stuff. Ms. Reed can currently be seen in a recurring role on "NCIS: LA." Other television credits include "Jericho," "Grand," "Home Court," Robert Altman's "Tanner 88" (Cable Ace Award: Best Actress), and as Amy Poehler's mom in "Parks and Recreation." Ms. Reed received the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance in Theater.

Daisy Eagan (Brigid Blake). Broadway: The Secret Garden (Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Les Misérables, James Joyce's The Dead. Off Broadway and Regional: James Joyce's The Dead, The Secret Garden, Wit, Stoneface, The Wild Party (L.A. Weekly Award: Best Featured Actress, Musical), Be Aggressive, Caught in the Net, On theMountain, A View from the Bridge. Film: Ripe, Losing Isaiah, Judgment. Television: "The Path," "Girls," "The Mentalist," "Without a Trace," "Ghost Whisperer," "Numbers," "The Unit." She is a proud member of 30 Minute Musicals and has performed with them in Jurassic Park, The Craft, andHook!. Daisy is a published award-winning writer and has written and performed three one-woman shows across the country. With her writing partner, Jordan Kai Burnett, she writes and performsDaisy and Jordan's Sunday Brunch of Shame.

Lauren Klein (Fiona "Momo" Blake). Broadway: The Humans (original cast), Other Desert Cities, Lost in Yonkers (original cast), Broken Glass (original cast). Off-Broadway: Mr. Goldwyn,Death Defying Acts, After the Fall. Regional: Death of a Salesman, Plainsong (Denver Ovation Award: Best Supporting Actress), Eventide, Charles Mee's Big Love (Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Best Actress), People's Temple, Denial (Carbonell Award: Best Actress). National: Dirty Dancing, Broadway Bound, I'm Not Rappaport. Television: "Law & Order" (Judge, recurring for ten years). Film: My One and Only, A Price Above Rubies, Then She Found Me. Video: Red Dead Redemption. M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and B.F.A. from theCollege of Santa Fe, NM.

Therese Plaehn (Aimee Blake). Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles. New York: A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again-After David Foster Wallace atThe Public Theater, Family Play (1979 present) (with Collaboration Town), Anna Christie (The Wild Project). Regional credits include Our Town (Huntington Theater), Crimes of the Heart(TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Paradise Lost (American Repertory Theater), and summers at Gloucester Stage and Chester Theatre. Television: "Mr. Robot," "Blue Bloods," "American Odyssey," "Onion News Network."

Luis Vega (Richard Saad). New York City and Regional credits: Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theater Company), Where Storms Are Born, A Streetcar Named Desire (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Comfort Team (Virginia Stage), Dance for a Dollar (INTAR), The Tempest(Boomerang Theater), (RUS)H (HERE Arts Center), The Knights (Target Margin Theater), 'Til theBreak of Dawn (Culture Project), Alice in War (Summer Play Festival), Life is a Dream (South Coast Repertory), Cloud Tectonics (Out of Line Productions). Film: Another Earth (Official Sundance Selection 2011), Chinese Puzzle, Emoticon ;). Television credits include: "All My Children" and theweb-series "Heirloom." M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego and B.A. from Columbia University.


The Humans

by Stephan Karam

directed by Joe Mantello

produced as part of the Broadway national tour

Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake 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 that won the2016 Tony Award™ for Best Play.


November 17-December 17, 2017

Performance times: Tuesday-Sunday

Select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. (no matinees during previews)

Opening Night: Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.


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About Seattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America's premier non-profit resident theatres, SeattleRepertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's 2017/2018 Season Sponsor is ArtsFund. The Producing Sponsor is the National Endowment for the Arts.

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