The script for Daisy makes numerous references  to projection and sound elements, as well as speeches and audio-video clips of political speeches, commercials, newscasts, etc. These materials are instrumental to any production of Daisy. Files and/or links to these sources and other useful reference materials can be found below.


1.     Several of Tony Schwartz’s monologues are based on actual writings and recordings by the real Tony Schwartz, including segments from his book, The Responsive Chord (Garden City, NY: Anchor Press, 1973)

2.     Act I, Scene 1: Tony Schwartz’s speech “If there’s a subject I can speak about with some level of expertise, it would be the area of sound,” is based on a Schwartz video lecture n actual video lecture of Schwartz called “The Power of Audio with Tony Schwartz,” which was produced by David Hoffman. This video lecture also contains a segment of a recording that Tony Schwartz produced of voice actor Bob Landers: “Long before you could see the difference between a smile or a frown, you could hear the difference in the sound of a word. In the sound of anger. The sound of love. The sound of fear.” The clip is taken from Guerilla Media (Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1989), VHS. To view the video lecture, see:

3.     Act I, Scene 1: Tony Schwartz refers to an experiment on “the nature of silence,” based on an experiment by composer John Cage. To view video of Cage describing the experiment, which is a clip from Global Groove, directed by Nam June Paik and John Godfrey (1973; NY: Electronic Arts Intermix, 2012), DVD, see:

4.     Act I, Scene 5: The stage directions refer to The Horse in Motion (1878), a film by Eadweard Muybridge. The film, also known as Sallie Gardner, may be found at the Library of Congress website, as well as other sites. To view the film, see:

5.     Act I, Scene 6: To hear the “Come to Bufferin” radio commercial created by Tony Schwartz, as well as the “Come to Mama” alternative experiment, refer to the audio file at the end of this list.

6.     Act I, Scene 8: Clifford Lewis listens to “The Great Society Speech”, delivered by President Lyndon Johnson to the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964. To hear this part of the speech, refer to segment 2:47 – 3:43 at: For a full transcript of the speech, refer to The American Presideny Project at UC Santa Barbara website:

7.     Act I, Scene 9: To view “Bus Driver” (1952), the political commercial, refer to:  See other citations in this list for other commercials on the website.

8.     Act I, Scene 10: To hear the Tony Schwartz track called “Ring Games” and other tracks from the album 1, 2, 3 and a Zing Zing Zing (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Folkways, 2007, 1953), refer to:

9.     Act I, Scene 10: Tony Schwartz plays part of a track from the recording An Actual Story in Sound of a Dog’s Life (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Folkways, 2004, 1958). The segment he plays, from “Dog’s Life, Part I,” may be heard at:

10.  Act I, Scene 10: To hear the Schwartz radio commercial “Sometimes” (1962), refer to: The website is a marvelous overall reference for further study.

11.  Act II, Scene 1: The characters watch footage of Governor Nelson Rockefeller at the 1964 Republican National Convention. To view the specific footage being described, refer to segment 5:40 – 6:50 at:

12.  Act II, Scene 1: The characters watch footage of Senator Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican National Convention. To view the specific footage being described, refer to segment 43:49–45:07 at:

13.  Act II, Scene 3: Louise Brown quotes from the speech delivered by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, commemorating the signing of the Civil Rights Act. To hear the speech and view a transcript, refer to:

14.  Act II, Scene 4: The characters listen to a recording of President Lyndon Johnson delivering the historic Report on the Tonkin Gulf Incident on August 4, 1964. To view footage of this televised address, refer to:

15.  Act II, Scene 4: To hear footage of the film crew during the recording of the actual “Daisy” commercial in 1964, refer to:

16.  Act II, Scene 5: To view the political commercial “Confessions of a Republican” (1964), refer to:

17.  Act II, Scene 5: To view the political commercial “Peace, Little Girl (Daisy)” (1964), refer to:

18.  Act II, Scene 7: To view the political commercial “Ice Cream” (1964), refer to:

19.  Act II, Scene 8: The characters listen to television footage of CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite calling the election victory for President Lyndon Johnson on November 3, 1964. To view the footage, go to segment 1:45:35 – 1:45:48 of: