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The Humans

Written by Stephen Karam

Directed by Peggy Trecker White.

2016 Tony Award & Drama Desk Winner for Best Play. Pulitzer Prize finalist. 

Brigid and Richard have moved into a shabby two-floor apartment in New York’s Chinatown just in time for Thanksgiving, and her family – mom, dad, sister and grandma – arrives from Scranton, PA to laugh, argue, and eat around the table. But also dished up are fears, real and imagined.

Featuring Victoria Bundonis, Jerry Durkin, Taylor Harvey, Sheila Kadra, Amanda Sox & Blake White.

Performance Dates: October 17-19, 24-26- 7:30 PM. Oct 20 & 27- 2:00 PM, 2019

All post show talkbacks will be moderated by Hilton Head Island’s Director of Cultural Affairs, Jenn McEwen

HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island

Sponsored by: Anonymous


Lean Ensemble’s ‘The Humans’ builds a Chinatown duplex on Hilton Head

Lean Ensemble Theater’s artistic director Blake White wiped a bead of sweat from his forehead.

It had been a long day. A trek to Charleston in a rented truck was ensnared with complications worthy of a Marx Brothers’ comedy. It began with some fast talking to make a last-minute vehicle switch when the rental proved too small for the free, 8-foot spiral staircase he was picking up. With help from TTS Studios, the theater construction company that had donated the stairway, he’d shoehorned it into the larger vehicle only to encounter another problem when he got to Hilton Head. The 300-pound beast had proven too unwieldy for the friends who’d been waiting at the HHPS Main Street Theatre to help unload.

What to do?

He looked around at the dumpsters behind the theater which sported a landscaping company name. “Yes, we’ll help,” the landscapers said. Using the men’s muscle, they wrestled the awkward load out of the cargo hold and carted it off into the bowels of the theater where it now awaits its star turn on stage in mid-October.

The staircase will be a connecting piece of the puzzle that, when assembled, will become the slightly eccentric two-story Chinatown apartment where three generations of the Blake family spars and quips through Thanksgiving dinner in Lean Ensemble Theater’s season opener, “The Humans.”