The Humans (Revised TCG Edition)
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Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play
Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
“THE BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR” --The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine,
Chicago Tribune, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Out New York, NPR
"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 finest new play of the Broadway season so far — by a long shot."—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. Unfolding over a single scene, this "delirious tragicomedy" (Chicago Sun-Times) by acclaimed young playwright Stephen Karam "infuses the traditional kitchen-sink family drama with qualities of horror in his portentous and penetrating work of psychological unease" (Variety), creating an indelible family portrait.
Stephen Karam's plays include Speech & Debate and Sons of the Prophet, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play. Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he now lives in New York City, New York.
her sad. RICHARD Cool, cool . . . I tend to be more of a . . . I like to wander off the beaten path . . . DEIRDRE No, I hear you . . . Brigid’s the same way . . . RICHARD Can I [pour you more wine] . . . ? DEIRDRE Thanks . . . (Beat) There’s usually decent entertainment options on the ship, lotta the singers have professional credits. Lotta stuff going on all at once . . . RICHARD ERIK Sounds awesome. Yeah, yeah, so at night she can go see a show and I can go, you know, go do /
here . . . BRIGID ERIK You okay, Big Guy? I know, I know . . . yeah, I’m all right . . . DEIRDRE RICHARD Why don’t we give her her I’ll take care of the kitchen . . . other pill before we eat . . . BRIGID It’s just some pots and pans, Dad, no worries . . . Deirdre helps Erik with Momo. Erik gives her a pill. RICHARD We definitely owe you guys for that care-package, clearly we needed it. ERIK Yeah, you did, and cell-phone flashlights don’t last long in a blackout. You gotta be
school, who actually knew who I was, so . . . I was gonna miss this one deadline so I called his office and . . . his assistant agreed to e-mail the rec letter directly to me . . . Brigid hands her iPhone to Erik, who reads the PDF of the letter on her phone. AIMEE What’s it say? BRIGID . . . at least now I know why I’m not even getting interviews for unpaid internships. ERIK (Reading) What’s the big deal?—he didn’t praise you enough? Pissed, Brigid grabs her phone. BRIGID Are you
unstable . . . love, Mom.” ERIK You have to start writing her back, okay? / I mean it . . . even to stuff like that . . . AIMEE You’re right. BRIGID I know, I will . . . So they won’t know she’s been listening, Deirdre walks to the bathroom door and shuts it again. Downstairs, they acknowledge the door shutting. ERIK . . . Rich, I hope you don’t think the Blakes’re [insensitive] . . . we’re better than that, / we’re drinking a bit too much here . . . RICHARD BRIGID No, no way . . .
The Uncanny, Penguin, New York, 2003. “Dance of Death” by Federico García Lorca, published in Poet in New York, Grove Press, New York, 2008. The publication of The Humans by Stephen Karam, through TCG’s Book Program, is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. TCG books are exclusively distributed to the book trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS