By Stephen Karam
Directed by Mike Meaney
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – 7:00 pm

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.

Cast of SPEECH & DEBATE: Top L-R, Marta Bady, Caitlin McNichol, Bottom L-R, Maxel Schingen, Quinn Simmons

Marta Bady (she/her) playing Diwata: is a Chicago native actor and vocal artist. She is an alum of Roosevelt University and is so excited to be working with Pride Films and Plays! Her recent credits include, Into the Woods, Stupid Fucking Bird, and Madam! A New Musical. Theatre Companies she’s worked with include Mudlark Theatre Company, Fly North Theatricals, and the Auditorium Theatre.

Caitlin McNichol (she/her) playing Teacher/Reporter:  is thrilled to be a part of this heartfelt production with Pride Films and Plays. Caitlin is in the process of receiving her BFA in acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Caitlin was last seen on the Zoom airways as Lady Macbeth in CCPA’s all-female production of Macbeth. Some of Caitlin’s other past favorite roles include Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Julie in Miss Julie, Sylvie in The Nance, Girleen in The Lonesome West, Lula in Dutchman, and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore. Caitlin would like to thank her director, Mike and Pride Films and Plays for the opportunity to create and share theatre during these strange and difficult times.

Maxel Schingen (He/They) playing Solomon: is a Chicago based performer who grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Max was heavily involved with community-based organizations focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. His favorite performances in Tulsa include Henson in Ragtime and Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Max currently is working towards his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Quinn Simmons (they/them) playing Howie: is a Chicago-based Filipino American performer. They are currently in their third year studying Musical Theatre at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Quinn’s recent credits include his performance as Jack in COCA’s production of Into the Woods, and in the Ensemble of CCPA’s production of A Chorus Line, directed by Jane Lanier.

Mike Meaney (he/him) the Director: is thrilled to be making his directing debut with Pride Films and Plays. Past directing credits include The Robber Bridegroom, bare: A Pop Opera, Hello Dolly!, Wonderful Town, Bonnie & Clyde, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He served as the assistant director for the world premiere of Coming Back Like A Song! with the Berkshire Theatre Group and has assistant directed productions of Les Miserables and Little Woman. Mike is the artistic director of Fervent Theatre Company, a Chicago storefront theatre that is anxiously waiting to make their live debut hopefully by the end of this year. Mike would like to thank Pride Films and Plays for being so welcoming and the cast for being a delight to work with.