Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Acts Of The Holy Ghost ~ Scene 4

Judea. JESSE is teaching a small group with PETER, JOHN, THOMAS, JUDAH, and MAGGIE   JESSE I've been working on a new sermon. [Picks up a parchment.] JESSE "Here's the thing." THOMAS "Here's the thing"? I don't thing you can begin a sermon to thousands with "Here's the thing." JESSE I think things are going pretty well. JOHN [Touches JESSE on the arm with loving eyes.] I think your ministry is going great. JESSE Thanks, John. PETER I think we need to move to the next step, m'Lord. JESSE What did you have in mind, Peter? PETER A rousing sermon from a mountaintop. The thoughts you shared with us last week. THOMAS What's the final scene in all this. I'm inspired, but what does this all lead to? JESSE Always the doubter, Thomas. But I feel this world is all screwed up. It needs to shake off the old and modernize. A new testament, if I should be so bold. What do you think, Maggie? PETER You're going to listen to a woman? JESSE In the new world I envision, women have an equal role. MAGGIE [Looking at Peter.] Well, I don't cast my pearls before swine. JESSE Hey, that's a great line. JOHN Hey, don't fight. Blessed are the peacemakers. JESSE Another great line! [Scene darkens as the group squabble.] [JESSE is walking around mumbling to himself. L.Z. BUBB approaches.] JESSE And who would you be? L.Z. BUBB "L.Z. Bubb". JESSE "L.Z." OK. L.Z. BUBB I was at one of talks last week. Interesting. JESSE Think so? L.Z. BUBB You're going to mess things up with the establishment you know. And you know what happens to those who do that. JESSE All I want is equality and treating everyone the same. And for there to be a little justice and mercy. I just believe it gets better. L.Z BUBB Why don't you come work for me? You would be great in marketing. I can make you rich. This philosophical work is nonsense. JESSE Temping, I don't know ... L.Z. BUBB Think about it. [Fade to black.] 

The Acts Of The Holy Ghost ~ A Play In One Act