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The Wilbury Theatre Presents “The Humans”

Wilbury Theatre Group presents the Rhode Island premiere of Tony-Award® winner for Best Play (2016) The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Josh Short. Running November 17th – December 11th, the production features Jim O’Brien, Jeanine Kane, Rachel Dulude, Jessie March, Dave Rabinow, & Carol Varden. The New York Times calls The Humans, “piercingly funny… [a] bruisingly sad comedy-drama about an American family teetering on the edge of the abyss.” Tickets for all performances are $5-$55 through the Wilbury Theatre Group’s innovative Name-Your-Price model and are available at thewilburygroup.org/ humans.

“Few plays ride the line between comedy and drama as perfectly as The Humans,” said Wilbury Artistic Director Josh Short. “Stephen Karam captures the love and struggle of an American family celebrating a holiday together in manner that is funny, poignant, and moving, while also capturing the anxieties and fears that so many of us carry with us as well. The group of artists that have come together for this production is creating something so touching, and sometimes terrifying, and we can’t wait to bring it to our audiences for the shared experience that only theatre can provide.”

Irish American Erik Blake has brought his wife and his mother for Thanksgiving at the new home of his daughter and her boyfriend. His mother (affectionately referred to as “Momo”) is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and his other daughter Aimee has recently been the victim of a nasty breakup. The parents are disappointed that their daughters have left home to struggle in New York City, and worried that they are abandoning their values. The Humans tells the story of the quintessential family reunion: a group of people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: old age, abandonment, poverty, and death.

The Humans is hailed by critics on Broadway and around the country. The Los Angeles Times said of the playwright Stephen Karam; “[Karam] captures contemporary American domestic life in such wincingly accurate detail that something at once eternal and urgently of the moment is achieved.” The Chicago Tribune said of its world premiere in 2014; “Stephen Karam’s kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play…is a work filled with uncommon compassion for the kinds of people whom the theater often ignores.” The Humans was adapted into a film in 2021 starring Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Jayne Houdyshell, Steven Yeun and Beanie Feldstein.

This production is made possible through a generous donation from the Florence Family Fund.

Friday, November 25, 2022
7:30 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2022
7:30 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022
2:00 PM
Thursday, December 1, 2022
7:30 PM
Friday, December 2, 2022
7:30 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022
7:30 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022
2:00 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022
7:30 PM
Friday, December 9, 2022
7:30 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022
7:30 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022
2:00 PM

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