My desire with this play was to make the people and the debates involved in the Declaration come alive for students. The "play" includes various size parts for 30 readers, including 9 narrators and 21 of the delegates from the Second Continental Congress. If you have fewer students than the "characters" shown here - simply combine parts as needed.
To arrive at these dialogues, I researched the debates of the Second Continental Congress, and the delegates that were there. Several of the quotes are historically documented, but many of the "lines" are merely similar to what different delegates might have said, based on my research.