New Work The Humans
The Humans begins with the arrival of parents Erik and Deirdre Blake, along with their daughter Aimee and Erik’s ailing mother Momo, at their youngest daughter’s new apartment. Brigid, a classically trained musician and composer, has offered to host Thanksgiving dinner this year with her boyfriend Richard. The elder Blakes have driven in from Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the occasion. Aimee, a lawyer, is struggling with a devastating breakup as well as ulcerative colitis, and Momo is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The evening is punctuated by strange noises from upstairs, poor cell reception, and occasional blackouts as everyone begins catching up.
As the dinner progresses, several things become slowly apparent: Erik and Deirdre have some bad news to share, Aimee is still not over her ex-girlfriend Carol, and Deirdre is not comfortable with the fact that Richard and Brigid live together but aren’t planning to marry. Everyone continues to eat and drink alcohol, and