The View From Here #159: The End of the Tour...?!
This is the LAST YEAR of the BIG TOUR!
|The previously-mentioned drawing of me performing at the Claiborne Community Center… Illustration by Renny Johnson... (Another Claiborne performance coming up September 27!)|
INCREDIBLE! The fact that he knows not only a monologue from EVERY. SINGLE. SHAKESPEARE. PLAY., but can perform them AT RANDOM, at the drop of a hat, is nothing less than spellbinding. Throw in some great crowd interaction and insane manic energy from Mooney, this show was absolutely unbelievable.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
|Betty Anderson... Burning the tortillas...|
or is that a metaphor...?
|Mt. Shasta, visible for 100 miles in either direction on the road to Oregon.|
|Isaac, Tim & Cil|
I spotted a job notice at a school (where they know me and already like my work) that started up in Fall, 2014. (In fact, somebody from this school had only recently commended me on the Facebook posting that I’d put up regarding the sale of 122 books to SIU!)
I finished the campaign in record time… Even as I was simultaneously…
|The cast of "Tartuffe" at the Annapolis Shakespeare Co.|
Day 5 of the Fringe, my phone rings. It’s the Executive Director, Robin Gillette.
Each One Was the Greatest Speech… A fantastic selection of eight speeches, brilliantly acted, with historical context provided. …Brilliant! Students of all ages and degrees need to hear these and other memorable speeches! Marie Cooney
Brilliantly Done… I thought this was going to be boring. Boy, was I wrong! Tim, a master of his craft, does a phenomenal job of bringing these brilliant words to life, and showing us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I definitely recommend checking this out. Angela Polk
The Greatest Fringe Show of All Time… A consummate performer, delivering top-notch material with extraordinary energy and discipline... this is priceless. Dave Stagner
You need to HEAR these… Great speeches - well chosen for our turbulent times. It's not enough to read the text; see them presented Live, by a performer who loves every word. Memorable! Kay Kirscht
Relevant and riveting! These are not just speeches that contain sound bytes we've heard before. Some are funny, some are meant to inspire the audience, some are intended to poke a sharp stick at them. Tim brings the words alive, lifts them from the history books and burns them into your mind. This is a great show, if you don't see it you're really missing out! Kelly Crandall
Wow There is nothing quite like being mesmerized by a great orator, Tim plays 10 of them. I was astounded by how apropos the words of dead men were when spoken again by a true orator. Truly riveting. Nate Farley
So THAT’S how that would have sounded. There are many historically relevant speeches that aren't even photographed, let alone recorded and filmed. After taking my high school history class this year, this one-man show really brought clarity and vision to what I have learned. William Bauer
The guy loves the literature, and he performs with thought and passion, and both of those traits were on display in some of the great speeches in history. …A great show. Patrick Phundstein
A perfect arc through history. The speeches resonate with todays society, often chillingly so. Tim performs with energy and enthusiasm and brings these words to life. Aisling Doherty
If you were fortunate, you had a teacher or professor who made learning delightful… Timothy Mooney achieved the rare feat of giving his audience a tour of the history of rhetoric while amply entertaining them. In his introduction, Mooney said his goal was to knock down the walls of time, “untangling the spaghetti of the speaker’s syntax.” …He manages to recreate the energy of these pieces, bringing them to life for a contemporary audience… Leaving the theater, I felt I’d had my cultural knowledge expanded, and there were no Cliff Notes required. Judy Kenninger, Indy Fringe Blogger
A truly inspiring, reflective and enjoyable show that will lift your spirits and warm your heart. Wendy Carson, “PenGwenity”
Informative, thought-provoking, and moving... with oratorical skill and presence. ...hearing them spoken live, in person, is hugely different from merely reading them or even listening to a recording of them. I cried during the recitation of Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and during Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” …The speeches are presented in chronological order, so you really do get a sense of history passing as you listen. Hope Baugh, “Indy Theatre Habit”
Mooney captures the context in which each speech was spoken and the character of each speaker. The program collectively highlights what makes a life worthwhile and what makes a worthwhile life... Mooney delivers on his intention "to give life to the words for emotional connections." Mark Antony is his most powerful presentation; Churchill most chilling in terms of its consequences. Rita Kohn, NUVO Alternative Weekly
|The Most Adorable Audient of|
The Greatest Speech of All Time
A gem of a book that demystifies the acting process by mixing common-sense instruction with practical exercises. It ought to have a place on every actor's and director's bookshelf. Not that it ought to stay there. Keep it handy for audition preparation, classroom studies, rehearsals and sometimes simply for a good read.... There is much to discover in this book about the freedom that can be achieved through a disciplined approach to the craft and art of acting. It is clear that mooney is passionate about what he does. He inspires his readers with a clear common-sense approach, eye-opening analyses of familiar texts, and wise advice that encourages newcomers and veteran actors to grow into the best they can be.