After responding to an online ad, Kyle sublets Sarah’s spare bedroom. The more time they spend together, the more they fall in love.
The only problem: they never actually meet.
What neither realizes is that there is an anonymous third person who lives with them and pretends to be both Sarah and Kyle, alternately absorbing and reflecting each one’s traits.
Personhood asks, what does it mean to really know someone? Is it their story? Their sense of humor? Their body?
Can these things be separated? Duplicated?
What does it really mean to be a person?
Historically, many different groups of people have been considered less than human, not deserving of full rights and dignities under the laws or social structures of the time. Personhood looks at this concept anew, peering around our modern day and wondering, are there others among us whom we will one day consider to be people just like us, and look back ashamed that we once treated them as less?
As the characters in the play grapple with what it means to connect with another person, the audience is left wondering which of them are even truly human — and whether that matters when it comes to love.