Playwright Stephen Karam makes his film directing debut with his adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Broadway production The Humans, which won four Tony Awards in 2016, including one for Best Play. The drama, which incorporates thriller-like elements in its bid to heighten tensions, finds the Blake family airing out their grievances during Thanksgiving. The family gathers for dinner at the New York City two-story apartment newly rented by Brigid Blake (Beanie Feldstein) and her boyfriend Richard (Steven Yeun). As the evening progresses, and the conversation becomes increasingly heated, the apartment’s eerie atmosphere slowly but surely starts to unnerve each family member. The Humans also stars Amy Schumer as Brigid’s sister Aimee, Richard Jenkins and The Humans Tony Award-winning Jayne Houdyshell as Brigid and Aimee’s parents Erik and Deirdre Blake, respectively, and June Squibb as Erik’s ailing mother Momo. The Humans, which premiered locally during this year’s Austin Film Festival, is now available to stream at Showtime. Stephen Karam previously wrote the screenplays for the 2018 adaptation of The Seagulland the 2017 teen dramedy Speech & Debate, which was based on his 2006 play.
Aired: Nov. 25, 2021.