UAF Theatre plays host to Speech & Debate

UAF Theatre plays host to Speech & Debate
March 9, 2013 Jon Bracone

UAF1  Actually, that’s Speech & Debate a dark comedy by Stephan Karam.

Associate Professor of Performance Carrie Baker will be directing this play. Baker who is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has directed numerous other theatrical performances. “[I’m]drawn to scripts that deal with social issues and raise awareness, challenging audiences to reflect on our society and the assumptions we make about other people.” said Baker.


This play will implement different members from around the theatre, film and music departments. Lighting will be handled by Professor Kade Mendelowitz, Assistant Professor Bethany Mark is the choreographer and theatre technician Chris John George.

All I know about this play is, “Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that’s rocked their town” Dramatists Play Service, Inc. However, what really caught my attention was the acceptance from mainstream media. See reviews below.

There will be five showings of this performance starting on March 22-30. More information will be posted in upcoming weeks.

For all the information regarding this and any performances visit the UAF Theatre and Film Department website.


“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” (The New York Times).

“…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).

“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).





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