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The Humans

By Stephen Karam
Directed by Philip Akin

John Hirsch Mainstage

“Piercingly funny, bruisingly sad comedy-drama about an American family teetering on the edge of the abyss” – New York Times

The Blake family has gathered at Brigid's New York duplex for Thanksgiving. Grandma’s barely coherent. Mom’s insecure and overweight. Dad has something to hide. As the booze flows, nothing is off limits. When secrets gradually come to light, this wonderfully messed-up family is heartbreakingly human. Don't miss the new play that was a sensation on Broadway and won 4 Tony Awards!

Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (NO intermission)
Warnings: Strong language

Times & Tickets

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Date Time Availability
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:30 PM Preview Best Seating BUY
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:30 PM Opening Night Best Seating BUY
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
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Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
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Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:00 PM Best Seating BUY
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Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:30 PM Best Seating BUY
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:00 PM Best Seating BUY
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Aimee Blake Kate Besworth

Kate Besworth

ROYAL MTC Gone With the Wind.

ET CETERA Thank you for coming to see theatre!

Erik Blake John Bourgeois

John Bourgeois

ROYAL MTC Clever Little Lies, The Price, Prospero in The Tempest, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Lost in Yonkers, Oleanna, Cherry Docs, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Directing: Broadway Bound, After Miss Julie.

OTHER THEATRE God of Carnage, The Normal Heart (Studio 180); Bea’s Niece, The Summoned (Tarragon); Tamara (Off-Broadway); Troilus and Cressida (Stratford).

FILM/TV Carter (series regular), Condor, Schitt’s Creek, The Prince and Me, Murder at 1600, A Different Loyalty, X-Men Apocalypse, XIII.

TEACHING Director for screen acting at Humber College.

ET CETERA Two Dora nominations, Teaching Excellence Award.


Fiona "Momo" Blake Jane Burpee

Jane Burpee

ROYAL MTC Humble Boy, Pride and Prejudice.

OTHER THEATRE Mary Barnes, Tartuffe (Black Hole Theatre); Oedipus, Slag, Eleemosynary, Suddenly, Last Summer, A Phoenix Too Frequent (Winnipeg Fringe Festival); Fen (Sarasvàti); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (BrechtFest); Mary Rose (Snakeskin Jacket); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Park); Durang Durang (Scattergood Theatre); Nellie McLung (Equal Voice).

FILM Alternating Current, Unsolved Mysteries, The Diviners.

ET CETERA Jane is honoured to be part of The Humans and has deep respect for all those families touched by dementia.

Deirdre Blake Nicola Cavendish

Nicola Cavendish

ROYAL MTC Life Skills, Shirley ValentineA Perfect Ganesh.

OTHER THEATRE Shaw Festival, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, ATP, The Belfy Theatre, Canadian Stage, Centaur Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, National Arts Centre, Neil Simon Theatre- 52nd Street NYC.

FILM/TV The X- Files, The Returned, Hallmark films, The Christmas Secret, Christmas Wish, The Bouquet, The Sleep Room, Angel Square, Romeo Section CBC.

TRAINING Graduate of the Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC, 1976.

ET CETERA Deeply grateful to Christopher Newton who set me on my trajectory 40 years ago casting me as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion when I was 24 and fresh out of UBC. I have not had time to look back since.


Richard Saad Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan

ROYAL MTC Selected: Shakespeare in Love, Sarah Ballenden, Hand to God, Unnecessary Farce, The Seagull, Gone With the Wind, Mrs. Warren’s ProfessionA Christmas Carol.

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Am I Not King? The Last Concert of Richard II, Three Sisters (zone41); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE); Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone); Ring of Fire (Rainbow); The Power of Harriet T, New Canadian Kid (MTYP); White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz (TPM); One Man, Two Guvnors (TC); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV (SIR).

FILM/TV Selected: Channel Zero (NBC/Universal); Nomis (PalmStar); The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal/Rosetta Media); The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (20th Century Fox); Bunks! (Disney); Zooey and Adam (Bedbugs Films); Men with Brooms (CBC); Less Than Kind (HBO Canada); House Party (Comedy Network); Something Beneath (Peace Arch); The Crooked E (CBS).

ET CETERA Find his music at and


Brigid Blake Heather Russell

Heather Russell

ROYAL MTC A Christmas Carol, Unnecessary Farce, Armstrong’s War.

OTHER THEATRE Romeo and Juliet (SIR); Iceland (TPM); Expressions vives (Cercle Molière); Night Light, Dying To Be Thin (MTYP); Magical Mystery Munsch (PTE); My Name is Rachel Corrie (MayWorks); The Sh!t Show (The Talentless Lumps); The Crackwalker (Sweet and Salty Collective).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg; PTE@PTE.

ET CETERA Heather is a founding member of Sweet and Salty Collective and The Talentless Lumps. Love to the Russells, the Shaws, the Smiths and the Smerchanskis.



Artistic Team

Playwright Stephen Karam

Stephen Karam

Stephen Karam’s plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting, Drama Critics’ Circle Award  and Pulitzer Prize finalist), Sons of the Prophet (Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Speech & Debate. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull starring Annette Bening will premiere in 2018. Recent honours include two Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama League Award and a Hull-Warriner Award. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA.


Director Philip Akin

Philip Akin

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Selected directing: 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt by Rick Salutin (Shaw); Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (2017) (Musical Stage Co./Obsidian); Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard (Shaw/Obsidian); Up the Garden Path by Lisa Codrington, Venus’ Daughter by Meghan Swaby (Obsidian).

ET CETERA Dora Awards for Best Director in the General Theatre Division (2012, 2017); Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Director (2017); My Entertainment Award: Best Director: Venus’ Daughter (2016); William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life (2014); CAEA Life Membership Award; PGC: Women’s Caucus Bra D’Or Award for supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights; Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award; TAPA Silver Ticket Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts (2010).


Set & Costume Designer Brian Perchaluk

Brian Perchaluk

ROYAL MTC Recent and favourites: Once (with Grand), Sarah Ballenden, Black Coffee, 23.5 Hours, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, A Christmas Story, Harvey, August: Osage County, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Lonesome West, Patience, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, M. Butterfly (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Brian’s work has been featured at theatres across the country, including two seasons each at the Shaw and Stratford festivals. Selected recent credits include: The Whipping Man (WJT); Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Rainbow); The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe); Vimy (NAC/GCTC); Gracie, The Flats, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (PTE); A Little Night Music (Dry Cold); King Lear, Fidelio (Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada); Proud (TPM).

TRAINING Graduate of U of W and NTS.

ET CETERA Recipient of Gemini, Jessie Richardson, Prix Rideau and Winnipeg Theatre Awards.


Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC Outside Mullingar, Kill Me Now (with NAC), Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal), Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 30 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to name a few.

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec


Sound Designer Michael Wright

Michael Wright

ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including Bittergirl: The Musical, Black Coffee, Million Dollar Quartet, Billy Elliot the Musical, Seminar (with Mirvish), Late Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.

OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).

FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust

ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.


Assistant Director Frances Koncan

Frances Koncan

ROYAL MTC As apprentice director: Seminar (with Mirvish).

OTHER THEATRE As director: Savage in Limbo, The Hollow, Hamlet, Matt & Ben; as director/playwright: Women of the Fur Trade, Riot Resist Revolt Repeat, Riot Resist Revolt Redux, zahgidiwin/love, How to Talk to Human Beings, Little Red; as playwright: The Dance-off of Conscious Uncoupling, Dragons of Decolonial Gas Stations.

FILM Outdigenous (Writer/Director).

TRAINING MFA Playwriting, City University of New York Brooklyn College.

ET CETERA Frances is hella stoked to be here! As always, love to Keanu. This one’s for you, sweetie. At me at @franceskoncan!


Set & Lighting Design Apprentice Darah Miah

Darah Miah

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Lighting Design for The Gentle Art of Punishment (Camden People’s Theatre Calm Down Dear Festival and Zone Homa Festival); Docile Bodies (La Chapelle). Set and Lighting Design for Peekaboo Didu (Aux Écuries’ “Vous êtes içi”). Lighting Designer, Collaborator, Co-Founder of Daughter Product performance collective. Technical Director of the Revolution They Wrote Festival (MainLine Theatre).

TRAINING BFA Theatre Design, Concordia University.

ET CETERA Darah is delighted to be back in Winnipeg.


Stage Manager Margaret Brook

Margaret Brook

ROYAL MTC Outside Mullingar, Million Dollar Quartet, Unnecessary Farce, The Devil’s Music, The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad, The Fighting DaysThe 39 Steps, The Syringa Tree.

OTHER THEATRE PTE, Manitoba Opera, MTYP and Royal MTC co-productions with the Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Royal Alex, Saidye Bronfman.


Assistant Stage Manager Linsey Callaghan

Linsey Callaghan

ROYAL MTC Assistant Stage Manager: Nine Dragons, The Audience (with Mirvish). Apprentice Stage Manager: Chimerica, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Seagull, A Christmas Story.

OTHER THEATRE Assistant Stage Manager: Nutcracker (RWB); The Birds and the Bees (PTE). Production Assistant: Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice (Stratford). Apprentice Stage Manager: Danny, King of the Basement, James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); Les Misérables (Rainbow); King Lear, The Beaux’ Stratagem, All My Sons (Stratford); Gifts of the Magi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Initiation Trilogy (Electric Theatre Company).

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School’s Production Program.


Apprentice Stage Manager Zahra Larche

Zahra Larche

ROYAL MTC Assistant Production Manager (2017/18 Season).

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Fly Me to the Moon, Newfoundland Vinyl and The Out Vigil (Gros Morne Theatre Festival); Shape of a Girl (Cart Before the Horse). Apprentice Stage Manager: The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions); The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools).

TRAINING Graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada - Production Program (2017).

ET CETERA A very special thanks to my Royal MTC family, my parents, my family and friends from Gatineau to Tasmania, Ilana Modulevsky, Brian Britton and my graduating class at NTS.