Spring 2022

Past Events

June 05, 2022
June 03, 2022
June 03, 2022


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)


Friday, June 3 @ 2:30 pm
Friday, June 3 @ 8 pm
Sunday, June 5 @ 2:30 pm


by Sam Grabiner
Directed by Keenan Tyler Oliphant


An audience gathers. They sit in a circle. And the actors begin to tell them a story… 

We are in a prehistoric forest and the trees are dying. Two strangers meet on the outskirts of an ancient city. An iPhone buzzes in a small boat on a stormy sea at night. 

As epic as it is intimate, People on Earth takes us on a three-hundred-million-year journey from primordial extinction, through to the not-so-distant future. A play about human progress. And what is lost along the way.

Run Time

70 minutes, no Intermission



Anthony Naranjo – ENSEMBLE
Rachel Rivera – ENSEMBLE
Lolo Rosado-Vallejo – ENSEMBLE


Creative Team

Production Stage Manager Lucas Gomes
Scenic Coordinator Tavish Miller
Lighting Coordinator Ashley Kok
Sound Coordinator Matt Coggins
Props Coordinator Britta Kuhn



About the Artist

Sam Grabiner is a playwright from London. His play Next Year In Jerusalem! was a finalist for The O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference (2021) and won the Roundabout Theatre New Play Reading Series (2020). Neptune was shortlisted for the 2019 Bruntwood Prize, and he is a resident playwright at Papatango Theatre Company. He has completed residencies at the Bush Theatre in London and is a graduate of The Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. 

He co-runs the theatre company Pelican, whose high energy physical comedy shows have toured internationally. He is a graduate of the clown school L’ecole Philippe Gaulier.


poster for sam grabiner's people on earth