Book by Stephen Karam
Rob Mish, Director

Wednesday, November 1 thru Friday November 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Johnson Theatre
Lenfest Hall/Lenfest Center

Auditions will be held in the Johnson Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13 + 14th at 7pm.

Tickets are required.
Adult $18
Senior $16
W&L Faculty & Staff $14
W&L Student/Student $8
Taxes and processing fees included in ticket pricing.


It's present day in a conservative northwestern city, as three misfit high school students find themselves at odds with the realities of hypocritical, narrow-minded, and terrified teachers, parents and local politicians. Alone they are rudderless, but together they are focused, intelligent, and passionate members of Generation Z-the first demographic when as youngsters the internet and portable electronic technology were literally at their fingertips. Podcasts, chat rooms, iPads, and secret screen names have been in their lives since birth-and they are experts at using them.

A rebuffed request to start a GSA in their school leads Howie-the activist, Diwata - the actor, and Solomon -the journalist, to skirt the system and initiate a more conventional club: Speech and Debate. A safe place where grown-up ideas meet energy and passion.

Stephen Karam's dark, clever comedy with music is a refreshing piece of theater. It's a play that does not proselytize but it just might get you to question the direction of the stream running through your mind.

SPEECH & DEBATE is presented by arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.,
440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016.