Making a public speech is often considered human beings’ greatest fear. A fear even greater than death. It’s similar to acting in a play, but unlike a play there is no crew of technicians, no fancy lights, no costumes, and no other actors to work with. It’s just one single human being, facing an audience of people. All alone. There are, though, classes to help with the fear of speaking. Jane, who, in addition to being an actress, has many years of public speech experience, has been teaching such a class. And now, it’s the big event. The students of Jane’s class have written and practiced their speeches, and are ready to perform them at a public recital.
Suzanne has written a eulogy for a long-time acquaintance. The problem is she never really liked her.
Anita has a career day presentation about her job. It’s called “Call Center Servitude.” It isn’t pretty.
Beth talks about her very best friend, and that horrible, dreadful thing that happened.
Hortense images herself presenting a speech to a City Council about cakes, paper napkins…and tears.
Jasmine presents a memory of her late great friend, a well-known actor nicknamed the Angel of Romance, to a roomful of theatre people.
Karla has written something she calls “Olivia Newton John”. We’re not sure what that’s about.
There are other students who will hopefully be speaking as well, however they were too scared to even have their speeches mentioned in this announcement. And Jane herself will present the final speech, The Fear of Speaking.
In case any of the students are unable to appear due to their fear of speaking, Jane has copies of most of their speeches and will try to present them in their place. Of course, what if none of the students show up…that could never happen, could it? Come have the laughs, come feel the tears, come experience The Fear of Speaking.