ATLANTA, GA – 18 Mar, 2017 – What do you get when a heaping helping of Hollywood’s funniest people and four Tony Award winners come together to turn Steven Karam’s adapted play of the same name into a teen flick with a twist? The soon-to-be-released film Speech & Debate.
Fueled by an all-star ensemble cast that includes Liam James (2012, The Way Way Back), Sarah Steele (Spanglish), Austin P. McKenzie (When We Rise), Roger Bart (The Producers, American Gangster), Janeane Garofalo (Ratatouille, Wet Hot American Summer), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, The Goldbergs), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim, Father of the Bride), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect, Wreck it Ralph), Jeremy Rowley (Sparks, Epic Movie), Kal Penn (Superman Returns, Harold & Kumar) and many more, Speech & Debate opens in select theaters, on iTunes and VOD on April 7.
Famed producer Tom Rice (The Way Way Back) noted that, in true Broadway form, Jones’ several musical numbers each received applause five times after the lead actor’s on-screen performances, according to Playbill, while Broadway World said the film features “a stellar supporting cast.”
Among that stellar cast are two Atlanta actresses who joined the amazing ride under the direction of Dan Harris (writer on X-Men, X-Men 2 X-Men Apocalypse and Superman Returns). Sloane Warren, who plays Fiona Crenshaw, and Karen Beyer, who plays the short judge, traveled from the booming movie mecca of Georgia to the middle of Mississippi for the filming. Mathew Morgan Casting took a leap of faith on both actors, booking them straight off tape. Both women are represented by Atlanta Models & Talent in Atlanta, GA.
“What I love about films like this is the director, Dan Harris, was so collaborative — even with my small, supporting role as the younger sister to Jeremy Rowley’s character,” Warren mused. “Since he also co-wrote the film with Steve Karam, he gave us a roadmap and guidelines to play in, but he let me improv a lot of my lines. That is so refreshing and it really allowed everyone to take ownership of the storytelling process.”
In addition to a star-studded cast, even including iconic Broadway actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda as an infomercial genie encouraging kids to join the speech and debate club, Speech & Debate features a mesmerizing soundtrack with an original song by Kristen Chenoweth.
“This was an indie production, which meant the stars didn’t have trailers,” Warren said. “This was a huge plus because we were able to hang out together joking and talking about everything from our kids to Janeane’s [Garofalo] tattoos. That connection really comes through on screen. I’m honored to have been a piece of the puzzle and to be a working actor from Georgia.”
About Speech & Debate
Speech & Debate follows three teenagers brought together by a series of mishaps. Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers and the entire school board, the unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct school club and take on the world. Blogging, blackmail and Broadway belting drive the trio’s bond in this outrageous comedy.
About Sloane Warren
Atlanta-based actress Sloane Warren has a major supporting role as Dr. Abby Westlin in Hangman later this year opposite Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow . Also Sloane will be seen in the upcoming and highly anticipated second season of a popular cable show. Sloane also has performed numerous interstitial voice over roles for animated series, including Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Powerful Girls and Kids Next Door. Sloane will also voice Ms. Peck on Max the Lion for Netflix and she has voiced 9 roles for three episodes of Pandas starring Pamela Adlon and John DiMaggio.
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