The Humans: The Way We Live Today / by Jerald Pierce

Stephen Karam set out to make a thriller, so he wrote a play about an ordinary Thanksgiving dinner. If this seems simultaneously funny and a little scary, it is, and Karam proves it with his Tony Award-winning play The Humans.

Karam was intrigued by the intensity of the “existential horrors of life.” He thought about how those moments seep into the quiet parts of the day, like having dinner or going about any normal afternoon. As he wrote, The Humans became about an easily recognizable, normal middle-class American family caught in a story infused with tension and anxiety.

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