Friday, April 1, 2011


image logo for Speech & Debate

By Stephen Karam
Directed by Eve Muson

WHEN: April 13 – May 1, 2011, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays, 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, 8 PM; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 PM
Studio Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
TICKETS: $20-30, depending on the performance;
Groups of 6 or more $3 off; Senior Citizens (60 and over) $2 off; HCC Staff/Faculty $2 off; Military with ID $2 off; Students with ID $12 all shows
For group sales, contact Yvonne Erickson at or 443.518.4267.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Rep Stage Box Office at 443-518-1500 or online at
Tickets may also be purchased at the Rep Stage Box Office, Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 5 PM and 1½ hours prior to show time. The Rep Stage Box Office is located in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s lobby at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland, 21044.

Dynamite four-person cast and director—all new to Rep Stage—bring this hilarious comedy to the stage

Speech & Debate is cutting-edge dark comedy from one of Off-Broadway’s hottest young playwrights that cleverly blends music, cyberspace, and dance in a story of three teenage misfits linked by a sex scandal that rocks the town of Salem, Oregon.

Michael Stebbins, Rep Stage’s producing artistic director, adds, “These three high school misfits—a frumpy girl, nerdy guy and openly gay guy—are brought together as they grapple with this taboo subject through song, dance, role-playing and cyberspace. These are characters you laugh with, empathize with and root for all the way.”

In its review of Speech & Debate, The New York Times wrote, ”The play’s real accomplishment is its picture of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood, where grown-up ideas and ambition coexist with childish will and bravado.”

Due to construction of HCC’s new parking garage and health sciences building, campus parking will be tighter this season. Rep Stage patrons are encouraged to arrive 30-40 minutes prior to show time. This is especially important if you are attending a performance on a weekday when classes are in session. Parking will be available in Lots B, C (adjacent to the Rouse Company Foundation Building) and A (adjacent to Duncan Hall) and there will still be limited number of handicap parking spaces available:

  1. Just outside the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center
  2. Behind the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center by the trailer classrooms
  3. In Lot E adjacent to the Rouse Company Foundation building
  4. In Lot A adjacent to Duncan Hall.right outside the Horowitz Center.

clip_image001[5]About Rep Stage
Rep Stage, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is in its 18th season. The company is a member of both League of Washington Theatres and Baltimore Theatre Alliance. Performances are made possible by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, Columbia Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Howard Bank is the Rep Stage 2010-11 season partner.