Seattle Rep’s THE HUMANS: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Stephen Karam’s THE HUMANS from November 17 to December 17, 2017.

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 the 2016 Tony Award™ for Best Play.

Here are some books and movies that will enhance your experience and understanding of the play:

The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino
Three adult siblings gather at their father’s deathbed as a storm is poised to hit the East Coast. Through crisis, they reevaluate the past and the present to salvage their family and themselves.

Home for the Holidays (film)
In this holiday classic directed by Jodie Foster, dramas and conflicts emerge at a Thanksgiving gathering in Baltimore.

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
From a working-class Irish upbringing in Queens to six decades as a wife, mother, nursing administrator and caretaker, Eileen Tumulty never gave up on her dreams of a better life.

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
Through the lens of an African American family’s attempt at the American dream, Watts crystallizes how families struggle to keep heart and soul together as they strive to realize their personal goals while uplifting the entire clan.

You can find the whole list for THE HUMANS here.

~posted by Misha

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