Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.
COMING WINTER 2018
David Lipschutz* (Director)
is delighted to be directing Speech & Debate with BPBCo., where he is a company member and President of the Board of Directors. He previously appeared in several BPBCo. cabarets, including last year’s "Mary'z with a ‘Z’." Outside of BPBCo., David has directed with Hell in a Handbag (also a company member), Underscore Theatre, Generic Theatre Company, and numerous high schools throughout the Chicagoland area (ironically, often directing students in speech and debate competitions!). Recent acting credits include The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular with Hell in a Handbag, WOZ: A Rock Cabaret (alongside Andre De Shields) at Victory Gardens, and Design for Living with Pride Films & Plays. Thank you to everyone at BPBCo. and, as always, BC/KJOC.
Stephen Karam (Playwright)
plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting and Pulitzer Prize finalist), Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Speech & Debate. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull starring Annette Bening will premiere in 2017. Recent honors include two Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards; a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award and Hull-Warriner Award. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA.