“[An] inestimably kind, rich and beautiful play…
truly remarkable and exceptionally moving.
Few writers of his generation have achieved anything quite like The Humans…
a play about the horrors of ordinary life and the love we need to counter them.”
– Chicago Tribune
The Gold Camp Players (GCP) community theatre at the Homestake Opera House (HHOH) announces the performances for Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning dark comedy play The Humans on March 22-24 and March 29-30, 2019. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:00 pm, and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 pm.
Admission is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for HHOH members and $5.00 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online in advance of performances at homestakeoperahouse.org.
The Humans is directed by Rob Andresen and assistant director is Sierra Ward. Set design/build is by Joel Edgar. Stage manager is Sherry Bea Smith, and Phelan Scherer is light/sound technician.
“The play doesn’t necessarily lay out the story line from start to finish,” says Andresen. “The play makes each person in the audience think for themselves, to create why and what happens by using their imagination.”
ABOUT THE PLAY: The Humans is filled with equal parts humor and hurt, and tells the story of the quintessential family reunion – a group of people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: old age, abandonment, poverty, and death. Breaking with tradition, Irish-American Erik Blake (Moses Ward) has brought his wife, Deidre (LeeAnn Paananen) and his mother (affectionately referred to as “Momo”, played by Diana Mathisrud) for Thanksgiving to the new home of his daughter Brigid (Laura Floyd) and her boyfriend (Dustin Floyd) in lower Manhattan. His mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and his other daughter Aimee (Lindsey Lothrop) has recently been the victim of a nasty breakup. The parents are disappointed that their daughters have left home to struggle in New York City, and worried the daughters are abandoning their values. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.
The Humans is produced in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, NY.
Support for The Humans is provided by the South Dakota Arts Council through the SD Dept. of Tourism from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for the HHOH is provided in part by annual members, the City of Lead, and the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Mary Adams Mastrovich.
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plays Corie Bratter, a free spirit, newlywed to Paul Bratter in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK was born in the Black Hills, raised in Eastern SD and chose to live here and raise her family in Lead. She received a degree in Criminal Investigation and served in law enforcement, and now owns a coffee roasting business and is a certified yoga instructor.
Sarah is the proud parent of five children, and a few of them have also performed on stage at HHOH. Sarah’s hobbies are cooking, traveling, camping, hiking, backpacking, acting, and volunteering for the community. She is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club, Lead Mountain Hens, and HHOH. She has performed on stage for HHOH in Steel Magnolias, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has been in commercials and short films as well.
MOSES WARD plays the delivery man in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Moses is a Black Hills native who recently returned to Lead after living in Lincoln, Nebraska for the last seven years. This is his second production with the Gold Camp Players at the Historic Homestake Opera House. He had a great time working on this production and hopes you enjoy the show!
plays lawyer Paul Bratter, a newlywed to Corie Bratter in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, and returns to the stage after a five-day hiatus to find himself. Phelan began his acting career at the age of two when his mom asked him if he ate all of the cookies. Phelan has no free time, but is a father, photographer, actor, and works at the SD School of Minds and Technology as the Digital Marketing Specialist.
KURT BAUER plays Victor Velasco, the neighbor in the attic. Kurt is very happy to be returning to HOH. His debut was with the previous show “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” in which he played prosecuting attorney Yusaf El-Fayoumy. The vast majority of this cast and crew were also in that show and he is excited to be working with them again. Kurt is especially thrilled to be back home living in the Black Hills after a 34 year absence. Since returning he has done characters in the Rose Hill Cemetery Walk in Spearfish. While in Houston Kurt did numerous plays, commercials, industrial films and feature films. Among his favorite roles in Houston were Juror #8 in 12 ANGRY MEN, Merkin in BELOW THE BELT, Carr Gomm in THE ELEPHANT MAN, Mr. Banks in FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Linus Larabee Jr. in SABRINA FAIR and Mike Talman in WAIT UNTIL DARK. He also performed the one-man show A ONE SIDED CONVERSATION WITH CASEY STENGEL in Houston; and has been in productions at the Matthews Opera House in 2001 and 2002.
CAMI DOHMAN plays Mrs. Banks, Corie's mother. Cami has a favorite color, and that's periwinkle. She owns many cats, despite being allergic to them. She enjoys going for hikes and is made of literal sunshine. Cami once found the end of a rainbow but instead of a pot of gold, she and the leprechaun made a blood oath ... but she can’t say what it’s about.
plays the telephone repairman in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. After moving to the hills, Joel worked a bunch of jobs, and finally settled as a sandwich artist. After being convinced to do a part in a musical, he became hooked to being on stage. Joel likes acting as a Thespian and being someone else. It is a good way to give back and have fun. Hope you enjoy the show!
DIRECTOR, ROB ANDRESEN is making his directorial debut after performing in several productions with the Gold Camp Players and Brookings, SD Community Theatre.
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