Reed Birney Headed Back to Broadway in 'The Humans'

November 3, 2015

Adjunct faculty member Reed Birney is finding great success in Stephen Karam’s new play The Humans at the Roundabout Theatre. It has just been announced that the show, with the current cast, will transfer to Broadway in the spring of 2016.

Joe Mantello directs this dark, touching comedy, which had its world premiere at Chicago's American Theater Company in 2014.
In The Humans, Birney plays Erik, the family patriarch who has broken with tradition and brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls, family tensions reach a peak, and the heart and horrors of the clan are exposed. Cassie Beck, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, and Sarah Steele complete the company.

It will be not be Birney’s first appearance on Broadway. His debut was in 1977 in Albert Innaurato’s Gemini. In 2012 he returned to Broadway in the Roundabout revival of Picnic. He has performed all over New York City, on stages big and small, including Ars Nova, Soho Rep, The Barrow Street Theater and Playwrights Horizons. He has also appeared in some of the country’s largest theaters, including the Williamstown Theater Festival, Steppenwolf and The Mark Taper Forum. He is also active in television and film, appearing recently on GirlsHouse of Cards and The Blacklist, among others.