"Live from AFD! Speeches!"

Have you ever wanted to deliver an inspiring, moving, speech? Here’s your chance!

AFD continues its virtual performance series of 2020-2021 in the new year!

The first in a series of live performance events to be streamed from our stage at AFD Theater is “Live from AFD! Speeches!” Excerpts from ten compelling, important speeches will be given new life and new force by a diverse cast of actors delivering them to a contemporary audience.


This is NOT meant to be an impersonation of the original speech maker. Rather, it is an opportunity to bring these important messages and stories to life in our own time.

Each speech will be no more than 10 minutes. Speeches do NOT need to be memorized.


Virtual auditions will consist of a short reading from the speech(es) you are interested in. The text will be emailed to you in advance.

Virtual auditions will begin 12/18/2020.

Please contact the directors to schedule your audition:

Susan Harrington - (617)922-0533 or

Joe Stallone - (617)908-5817

When calling or emailing, please specify your preference(s) of speaker/speeches.

Rehearsals will be online at times that are mutually convenient for each actor and director.


On performance dates, there will be a tech and a run through at AFD Theater before going live. Performances will be streamed live and also recorded to be available for later viewing.



  • Rep. John Lewis (Edmund Pettus Bridge Speech (2015) recalling Bloody Sunday, 1965)

  • Sojourner Truth (Ain’t I a Woman? 1851)

  • Clarence Darrow (A Plea for Mercy for Leopold and Loeb, 1924)

  • Mary Fisher (A Whisper of AIDS; 1992 Republican National Convention)

  • Anna Maria Chavez, CEO Girl Scouts of America (National Convention Speech, 2011)

  • Barbara Jordan (1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address)

  • Corazon Aquino (Address to Joint Session of US Congress, 1986)

  • Cesar Chavez

  • Oskar Schindler (Farewell to Jewish Workers Upon Germany’s Surrender, 1945, Poland)

  • Native American Chiefs (5 or 6, from 1700’a to contemporary; one actor)


Performance Dates:

January 21:

John Lewis, Sojourner Truth, Clarence Darrow, Mary Fisher, Anna Maria Chavez


January 28:

Barbara Jordan, Corazon Aquino, Cesar Chavez, Oskar Schindler, Native American Chiefs


We look forward to hearing from you!

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