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Speech & Debate - Full Length Play

Speech & Debate

Stephen Karam

Full Length Play

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822222866

Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a s…

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Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.
"…savvy comedy…bristling with vitality, wicked humor, terrific dialogue and a direct pipeline into the zeitgeist of contemporary youth…Karam has a keen ear for how teens talk, move and think, how they view each other and the adult world…and uses both the advantages and perils of cyberspace to make amusing, original points…" —Variety. "A triumph…hilarious, cliché-free, and immensely entertaining…Stephen Karam's dark comedy seems to be about a frumpy girl, a nerdy guy and an openly gay guy who band together to disclose the truth about a teacher who preys on his male students. But that topical plot is almost window dressing. The play's real accomplishment is its picture of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood, where grown-up ideas and ambition coexist with childish will and bravado." —NY Times. "A strong, rangy play…beautifully nails the indirection and crossed-wire communication of teenagers bubbling over with contradictory needs and insecurities." —NY Newsday. "Karam comes through as a writer whose voice is clear, laugh-out-loud funny and uncannily tuned to the way teens talk." —NY Daily News. "One of the top ten plays of the year…Even if you're not fluent in IM, you'll LOL at this subversive comedy…Mordant misfits Diwata, Solomon, and Howie come together via circumstance and learn valuable lessons: Sometimes you've got to 'hold it in,' as The Crucible's plucky Puritan Mary tells a sexually confused Abe Lincoln. And sometimes you need to crank up [the music], strip down to a nude body stocking, make like Martha Graham, and let it out." —Entertainment Weekly. "Flat-out funny…Sex, secrets and hypocrisy are the themes that tie the play together…Stephen Karam has an outstanding ear for how young people talk." —Associated Press.


2m, 2f

Stephen Karam

Stephen Karam

Stephen Karam is the author of Sons of the Prophet (2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, Sam Norkin Drama Desk Award), which recently ended its extended off-Broadway run in New York City (Roundabout Theatre Company) following its debut in Boston by the Huntington Theatre Company. Other plays include Speech & Debate ... view full profile

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