Inside look of UAF production “Speech & Debate” (video)

Inside look of UAF production “Speech & Debate” (video)
March 25, 2013 Fernanda Chamorro

By Fred Monrean and Fernanda Chamorro, Extreme Alaska

March 25, 2013

Sexual confusion, nude body socks, and performances by hammered teenagers are all included in “Speech & Debate.”

“Speech & Debate” is a play written by Stephen Karam and directed by Carrie Baker, a UAF theatre assistant professor, as the Spring mainstage production. It is a dark comedy play that tackles controversial issues such as homosexuality, teen pregnancy, and gun violence in a light and musical way through the unity of three teen characters as they are brought together by rumors of a sex scandal. In the video above, Baker and “Speech & Debate” actors Sambit Misra and Nicole Cowans spoke to Extreme Alaska reporters about auditions, the tough issues in the play, and the connection to their roles.

Cast member Nicole Cowans rehearses a scene from Theatre UAF's production of "Speech and Debate." Photo courtesy of Todd Paris.

Cast member Nicole Cowans rehearses a scene from Theatre UAF’s production of “Speech and Debate.” Photo by Todd Paris.

“Speech & Debate” is presented by the UAF Department of Theatre & Film with support from the Music Department. Opening night was Friday, March 22, and will be held this coming weekend at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.  Tickets bought in advance are $14 for adults, $7 for students, and $12 for UAF faculty and staff, military members, or seniors. Tickets will be $2 more than regular price at the door.

Kim Eames, the box office manager, can be contacted by phone at 474-6590 or by email at For more information, click here.


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    Fernanda Chamorro 5 years ago

    We have fixed the problem! 🙂 Thank you so much for your feedback!

  2. Kade Mendelowitz 5 years ago

    Nice rack focus pull around :50!
    Nice interview overall too. Good work!
    The link at the end of the article doesn’t work properly though.

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