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The Humans at Live ArtsTHE HUMANS

  • by Stephen Karam
  • Directed by Francine Smith
  • January 31 – February 16
  • In the Gibson Theater

Sponsored by The Caplin Foundation and by Story House Real Estate

  • Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
  • “THE HUMANS is a major discovery, a play as empathetic as it is clear-minded, as entertaining as it is honest.” —The New York Times
  • “THE HUMANS explores, across an enthralling spectrum of ups and downs, what being a family is all about.” —The Washington Post
  • “[T]he play is rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you.” —New York Magazine


Bridget Blake and her boyfriend Richard are hosting Thanksgiving dinner in their unfurnished, Chinatown basement apartment. There’s no fancy holiday meal, though, so Bridget’s sister, parents, and grandmother sit on plastic chairs at a folding table eating takeout and drinking from plastic cups. But they have each other.

There’s money on the table too—who’s got it, who’s lost it, and who is getting it as soon as their trust fund matures. Not everything is a slice of pumpkin pie, but these three generations of Blakes are determined to make it through the meal. After all, blood is thicker than gravy.


  • ERIK… Larry Goldstein
  • MOMO… Meg Hoover
  • DEIRDRE… Geri Schirmer
  • AIMEE… Lena Malcolm
  • BRIGID… Madeline Walker
  • RICHARD… Johnny Butcher

Production Team

  • Producer… Karen Pape
  • Director… Francine Smith
  • Assistant Director… Tim White
  • Production Stage Manager… Liz Howard
  • Scenic Designer… Gwyn Gilliam
  • Lighting Designer… Jackson Key
  • Sound Designer… Kathleen Mueller
  • Costume Designer… Anna Lien
  • Jen Lawless… Properties Designer/Set Dresser
  • Deborah Jackson… `Ass’t. Properties Designer
  • Suzy Cincinnati… Dramaturg