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Sarah Steele, Betsy Wolfe, and More Celebrate Speech & Debate Premiere

Dan Harris directs the film adaptation of Stephen Karam's play.

Sarah Steele stars in the film Speech & Debate, reprising her role from the original Roundabout Underground production of the play.
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The film adaptation of Stephen Karam's Speech & Debate premiered Sunday, April 2, and there was no shortage of the stars on hand. Check out photos from the big premiere in the gallery below.


Directed by Dan Harris, 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 album is currently available on, iTunes, and and will hit theaters April 7.

The cast also features 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).

Watch the movie trailer here.