The Humans

By Stephen Karam
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

November 19, 2017 – December 17, 2017

Morrison Stage

It’s the small family dinner that made big waves on Broadway. Enclosed in a basement apartment, a middle-class family gathers to christen Brigid and Richard’s new digs with a fancy Thanksgiving dinner on paper plates and undertake their holiday ritual of smashing the peppermint pig. With darkness falling and mysterious bumps from above, the lights ominously flicker on the Blake’s family banter. While Momo mumbles quasi-prophetic gibberish from her wheelchair and Aimee makes urgent trips to the bathroom, the world creaks curiously around them and layers of their fragile lives and lurking secrets are revealed. “There is so much love, dread, tenderness and brutality in The Humans…deeply-felt family tragicomedy thriller...” - Newsday

  • Tragicomic  Family Drama
  • 2016 Tony Award for Best Play
  • 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist
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Luisa Sermol +

Deirdre Blake

Val Landrum +^

Aimee Blake

John San Nicolas +^

Richard Saad

Vana O'Brien +^

Fiona "Momo" Blake

Robert Pescovitz +

Erik Blake

Quinlan Fitzgerald ±

Brigid Blake

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


Stephen Karam


Dámaso Rodríguez *


Costume Designer: Gregory Pulver ^

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Crosser #

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Props Master: Katrina Lind

Assistant Director: Roy Arauz

Composer/Sound Designer: Phil Johnson

Resident Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Scenic Design Intern: Colin Moore

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


"Stephen Karam's kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play [is] a celebration of working-class familial imperfection and affection and a game-changing work for this gifted young playwright." - Chicago Tribune

"[A] blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful play." - The New York Times

"[A] beautiful, funny-sad and ultimately wrenching portrait of a troubled lower-middle-class Pennsylvania family." - The Hollywood Reporter

[The play succeeds in] finding gorgeous balance between humor and sadness, love and disappointment, hope and dread, solace and hollow desolation." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Drawn in subtle but indelible strokes, Mr. Karam’s play might almost qualify as deep-delving reportage, so clearly does it illuminate the current, tremor-ridden landscape of contemporary America." - The New York Times


Read a review by The New York Times here.


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Special Events

PREVIEW WEEK: November 19, 21-22 & 24 @7:30pm

Post show discussions follow the matinees on November 26, December 6, 10 & 17.

An Oregon Psychoanalytic Center post show discussion will follow the December 3 matinee.  

December 10 includes open captioning.

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