Sarah Steele, Liam James, and Austin P. McKenzie in a scene from Speech & Debate.
Liam James, Sarah Steele, and Austin P. McKenzie in a scene from Speech & Debate.
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Sycamore Pictures is hosting a social media viewing party of the new film Speech & Debate, June 8-11. During that time period, a portion of all rental and film purchases will support the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Viewers are asked to join a live conversation using the hashtag #TheaterKidsUnite to discuss the film.

Directed by Dan Harris and written by Stephen Karam, the film stars Sarah Steele (The Humans), Liam James (The Way Way Back), and Austin P. McKenzie (Deaf West's Spring Awakening). They play Diwata, Solomon, and Howie — three high school misfits linked by a scandal involving one of their teachers, who revive their school's long-defunct speech and debate society. The cast also includes Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Skylar Astin, with cameos by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth, and Darren Criss.

The original stage version of Speech & Debate opened off-Broadway at Roundabout Underground in October 2007. Directed by Jason Moore, the cast featured Steele (Diwata), Gideon Glick (Howie), and Jason Fuchs (Solomon).