Our Time, which serves as an artistic home for young people who stutter, allows young people to express themselves and overcome challenges through theatre.
The 7 PM event, held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, honors "King's Speech" writer Seidler. Fellow Academy Award winner and "King's Speech" star Colin Firth is the honorary chair. Firth will not be in attendance for the gala evening.
"Being honored by Our Time is so deeply moving and meaningful because truly I’m being honored by my peers. Despite my acquired fluency, I still (and always will) consider myself a person who stutters, and I’m perversely proud of it. I still (and always will) be in awe of the childlike magic of theatre, and I’m fiercely proud of it. What a wondrous thing to have a space of our very own where we can strut our stuff and be heard. And by being heard we grow bold. The world is our oyster — all we need to do is shuck it. Thank you for inviting me to join your gang," Seidler said in a statement.
His Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech" focuses on George VI, who also struggled with a stutter until an actor used arts training to give him the confidence he needed to lead.
Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carly Simon is set to perform as part of the evening that promises appearances by Ryan ("Yentl"), O'Hara (South Pacific), Patric (That Championship Season), Cerveris (Sweeney Todd), Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Ron Rifkin (Cabaret), cast members from American Idiot and the young members of Our Time.
For gala tickets visit OurTimeStutter.org.
The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.