Washington and Lee University presents: SPEECH & DEBATE

November 01, 2023 - November 04, 2023

7:30 pm

Lenfest Center
Johnson Theatre
100 Glasgow St.
Lexington, VA 24450


Book by Stephen Karam | Rob Mish, Director

Wednesday, November 1 — Friday November 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Johnson Theatre
Lenfest Hall/Lenfest Center

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 lead 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.

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