The Tim Mooney Repertory Theatre returns to Francis Marion University on Thursday, Oct. 3 with a production of the one-man play, “The Greatest Speech of All Time.”
This walking anthology of some of the most crucial speeches and moments in history will take place in McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium at 7:30 in the Chapman Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the FMU University Honors Program and the FMU Artist and Lecture Series.
Tim Mooney—who is his own theatre company--has for years travelled the country performing his own adaptations and plays. He has performed two of them, “Moliere Than Thou” and “Lot o’ Shakespeare,” at FMU. He also leads acting workshops and is the author of the popular textbook, “Acting at the Speed of Life.” According to FMU Director of University Honors Program Dr. Jon Tuttle, Mooney is “a generous and talented performer who always, always delivers a great evening. His repertoire is so wide that, if this were the 19th Century, he’d be a riverboat.”
Mooney reports that he conceived of his newest play when he entered the words, “greatest speech of all time” into Google and eventually arrived at nine speeches by Socrates, Frederick Douglass, Abe Lincoln and others. He explains that the play “brings the most critical moments of history, where everything hung in the balance, to immediate, riveting and sometimes very funny life.”
“The Greatest Speech of All Time” leads the audience through the words that shaped history, as they were being spoken. For instance, attendees will see Socrates giving his famous “Apology” in anticipation of his death sentence; Mark Antony delivering his famous “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” address before the mob at Caesar’s funeral, and Frederick Douglass presenting a searing Fourth of July indictment of slavery. They will also hear Teddy Roosevelt delivering a stirring campaign speech in spite of having just been shot, Winston Churchill framing the second World War with his “We shall Fight them on the Beaches” and “This Was their Finest Hour” speeches and, finally, Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have been to the mountaintop” speech. Delivered the day before he was shot, Dr. King took his audience on an imaginary journey through time, eerily anticipating his own death, while predicting that “we as a people, will get to the promised land!”
The performance is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Honors Program, the FMU Artists & Lecture Series, and the Department of Mass Communication. For more information, call Tuttle at 843.661.1521