Imagine it: You’re standing in front of 850 people, and you can’t get your words out. The moment might provoke awkwardness or discomfort in a lot of audiences, but not the one that gathers together every year in support of SAY, the Stuttering Assn. for the Young.
“There’s something very magical about an audience full of people just sitting, without any embarrassment, and waiting for the person onstage to say what they have to say,” says Helen Mirren of the annual gala. “It’s beautiful.”