Chapter 1: Human voice

Demonthenes, Human voice, Public speaking -

Chapter 1: Human voice


Costume: Greek philosopher.
A little historical background on Demo.
Demo was a famous speaker. At the age of 20 he was defending his family’s honor in court all by himself.

Speaking in a Ted Talk auditorium, Demosthenes of Athens says the following.
Demo (Assertively): Hello, my name is Demosthenes, you may call me “Demo.” 
I was born in obscurity far away from the eye of society and public life. As you can tell by just looking at me, I am not much of a man. I am weak and frail. It has taken me my entire life to build up the courage to speak in front of you… my audience. Do you have any questions before I begin?
Demosthenes pauses and waits for two-minutes. This gives the audience enough time to ask questions. Without hesitation Demo readily answers any applicable questions. If there are no questions, Demo begins their soliloquy after two-minutes.
Demo (Emotionally): I am not much of a man and I am not much of a human. The Gods have saw it fit to bless me with nothing but a quavering voice. This human voice is all I have the power to control at this moment. My human voice is what I will speak about.
(Loudly and slowly) A good voice requires training. I have trained to speak loud and slow like my opponent, the crashing waves of the surf. Loudly, so everyone in the back row may hear. Slowly, so my words may drape upon you like a shawl. 

Pauses to take a drink of water. 

Demo: Fundamentally, my human voice is most important. A human with no voice is like a ghost. The relationship between my voice and society is symbiotic. One exists because of the other. A just society is a chorus singing for liberty and democracy.
(Angrily) There are critics who find my tone harsh? In retort I say, while you were busy chasing fat-freshman in the dormitories of university, I was riding the bow of a ship on distant seas. My mind is hard from doing hard things, therefore my tone may be at times as well.  For my voice was trained by stones and the sea.

Before you go gentle listeners, I must share with you some local news. There have been rumors of wolves coming from the wilderness and moving into the confines of our society. Wolves prey upon loud, weak, and frail things like myself. For predators live by silencing voices. If you happen across a wolf while traveling in our fine city of Spokane, I would advise you to say to it the same thing I said to Phillip the second of Macedon. (Pause, deep-breath) “Fuck-off!”

Demo: (Calmly) As politely as you care to. 

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