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Full Cast, Creative Team Set for Speech and Debate at ATC

Stephen Karam
Stephen Karam

Full cast and creative team information has been announced for American Theater Company’s Midwest premiere of Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate, to run April 16-May 11, with an opening set for April 20. ATC Artistic Director PJ Paparelli will direct.

Speech & Debate concerns three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon, who reluctantly form their school’s first speech and debate team after discovering they are all linked by a sex scandal at their school. The cast will feature Stephen Grush (Solomon), Patrick Andrews (Howie), Sadieh Rifai (Diwata) and Cheryl Graeff (Teacher/Reporter).

The creative team will include Keith Pitts (set design), Myron Elliott (costumes), Charles Cooper (lighting design), and Lindsay Jones & Scotty Iseri (sound design) with video installations by Marty Higginbotham & Bobby Richards.

For more information call 773-409-4125 or visit

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