Directed by Jason Moore (Avenue Q), Stephen Karam's black comedy will officially open Oct. 29 and will play a limited engagement through Dec. 16. The play is the first production at Roundabout Underground, a new initiative to introduce and cultivate artists at the Black Box Theatre, which is located at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
The Speech & Debate cast features Susan Blackwell as Teacher/Reporter, Jason Fuchs as Solomon, Gideon Glick as Howie and Sarah Steele as Diwata. The design team includes Anna Louizos (sets), Heather Dunbar (costumes) and Brett Jarvis (sound and projections).
Speech & Debate, according to press notes, concerns "three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon [who] reluctantly form their school's first speech and debate team after discovering they are all linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. Secrets become currency, blogs are belted and 'bathing suit areas' exposed in this black comedy about what, if anything, it means to be an adult."
Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
Tickets, all priced $20, are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or by visiting www.roundabouttheatre.org. All tickets will be issued as general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street.