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CANNON BEACH — Tim Mooney, performer of the hit one-man shows “Moliere than Thou,” “Lot o’ Shakespeare” and “Shakespeare’s Histories” will bring “The Greatest Speech Of All Time” to the Coaster Theatre. The performance is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.
Tickets are $15 each and are available online or by calling 503-436-1242.
Mooney entered the words “greatest speech of all time” into Google, and his new play is the result. “The Greatest Speech of All Time” leads the audience through the words that shaped history and features 10 speeches. Mooney’s proclivity for interpreting the shades of irony and hyperbole that inform the oratory, and his ability to untangle the “spaghetti” of centuries-old syntax, recreates these events.
“I love being able to bring moments of historical consequence, where great deeds hang in the balance, to immediate and tangible life,” Mooney says.
“The Greatest Speech Of All Time” rocked the Kansas City Fringe Festival, and KCMetropolis.com called it, “A delightful blend of humor and history, with charisma, energetic pacing, and interesting anecdotes, keeping the audience riveted.”
In the play, watch Socrates, having been condemned to death, give his famous “Apology.” Then, Mark Antony delivers “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” addressing the mob at Caesar’s funeral, while deftly turning their anger against the “honorable men” who conspired to assassinate Caesar.
Frederick Douglass presents a searing indictment of slavery, mounting a “fiery stream” of rebuke for the “revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy” that characterized the American slave trade. Abraham Lincoln reinvigorates the Union, galvanizing their resolve with the “Gettysburg Address.”
Teddy Roosevelt, running for President, delivers a lengthy address, in spite of having just been shot. Roosevelt insists “the issues at stake in this campaign” are more important than his own life.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Fear Itself,” delivered amid the Great Depression, is shockingly contemporary. Two of Winston Churchill’s speeches are featured, as is Martin Luther King Jr.
Mooney is the former founder and editor of “The Script Review” and also the former artistic director of Chicago’s Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly 50 plays in five years. Over the last 15 years, he has performed his one-man plays more than 500 times. He is author of the acting textbook “Acting at the Speed of Life” and “The Big Book of Moliere Monologues,” which is a resource for comic classical auditions.