"A Day To
copyright 2002 by Fred Passmore
Two men, one in the middle of a crisis, and the other about to experience one, discuss the existence and goodness of God. The Christian, although seemingly the loser, witnesses to the other, who seems to be on top of the situation. Not until the very end does it become plain who is the real winner and who is the loser. The surprise ending has a real impact, as they are revealed to have been speaking in the World Trade Center on the morning of 9-11.
(Note: the ending will retain it's surprise ONLY if the context is not mentioned or revealed by any introducing or promoting the skit. Please let everyone involved know that the location and ending must remain unsaid for the skit to be truly effective. Otherwise it will be like showing the Statue of Liberty ending shot in Planet of the Apes in the previews. No surprise then as to where they were all the time!)
You can't judge a situation on the face of it by the obvious results. Only by having faith in the Lord and a relationship with Him can we be certain that all things will work together for our good. Any elevation or victory of an unbeliever over the believer is temporary at best, and will not profit them for long, as the Lord will justify His children and show the ultimate end of those who refuse to listen.
Approx. Time to Perform
8 to 10 minutes
Note that the gender of either of the characters can be changed according to your actors, all need to do is pencil in the name change and a few details.
The setting is a business office in a high-rise office building. The desk should be centrally placed, with a chair behind it, with another chair beside it for guests. The stage can be as simple as that, or can be decorated with lamps, a small couch, etc.
Videos of this play being performed: Short Film by Stephen Ridley; and video of a live performance by a church drama duo.
NOTE: Your actors deliver the dialog and you play the background music and effects tracks as listed in the script to enhance your performance.
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Day To Remember"
by Fred Passmore
(If you are using the Supplemental Skit Trax CD, begin Track #09, the skit open music.)
Two men in business suits, carrying folders, walk into the room onstage. One of them, the character of Mike, drops his folder on the desk dejectedly and walks over to the end of the stage and stands looking out over the audience, as if out a window. The other character, Jeff, sits down casually in a chair beside the desk and looks at him expectantly, as if waiting for him to speak first. After a moment, he does.
Mike: "You know, when I came in today, I never dreamed this would be the last time I'd be standing here, looking out this window over the city."
Jeff: "Hey, man, I'm sorry about the way it turned out in there. I had no idea what would happen in that meeting."
Mike: (doubtfully) "Oh, really?" (He turns to look at Jeff, who comes to stand beside him at the window.) "I find that hard to believe."
Jeff: "That I'm sorry, or that I had no idea?"
Jeff: (Puts on a hurt expression and puts a hand to his heart as if pained.) "You cut me, man." (He drops the hand and grins.)
Mike: (moving to his desk, he reaches under it and takes out a plastic crate and sets it on top.) "I had the distinct impression that everyone there was just waiting for me to object to the nature of the campaign."
Jeff: "Which you did. That's why I didn't tell you earlier. I knew you'd never go with an ad like that, but I gambled that once I pitched it, they'd love it. And they did!"
Mike: "And I look like a relic that not only doesn't know what his department is doing, but an uptight moralist out of touch with the times."
Jeff: (spreads his hands) "You are.(At a sharp look from Mike he tries to soften it.) Look, Mike, everyone here respects your stand, and your talent, but with the sales drop caused by your "family friendly" approach, you became a liability. You were gone before you ever went into that meeting this morning. You were the only one that didn't know it."
Mike: "I'm sure that you'll fit their needs quite nicely, now that you're the new head of marketing and ad development. (He begins taking items off of the desk and placing them into a plastic crate. He does this slowly, as the dialogue continues.) And I'm clearing out my desk, while a security man waits outside the door to escort me out of the building."
Jeff: "Hey, I don't want you leaving with hard feelings. I didn't engineer this turn of events. Nature just took it's course. You know, the survival of the fittest."
Mike: "Which is another way of saying I'm a dinosaur."
Jeff: (shrugs) "Well... look at the bright side, one day you'll be a rich oil source!" (He leans back in a chair and puts his feet up on the edge of the desk that is now his.)
Mike: (lightening up) "Believe it or not, I am looking on the bright side. It's for the best, really. I know they'll be happier with you. I hated having to constantly weigh my convictions against the need for an advertising edge. This is a relief, in a way." (He removes a picture of his family from the desk, looks at it affectionately, then puts it in the crate.)
Jeff: "I don't believe it. (Taking down his feet and leaning forward in disdain and disbelief.) Here you are, fresh out of a job with a wife and two kids to support, and you're acting like your're happy about it. You're not for real, man."
Mike: "I didn't say I was happy about it. But even though I'm out of work, I'm not out of God's will. He has a reason for even this. I don't know what it is just yet, but I trust Him to work it out for my good and His glory."
(Begin Track #10, the witnessing music.)
Jeff: "You are such a piece of work. You'd deny reality itself to justify this so-called faith of yours."
Mike: "I don't deny reality. And I don't have to justify anything. But reality is what God makes it, and He'll justify me when it's all over and the dust settles. My vision is higher than what seems to be a disaster right now. I'm looking beyond it to see the ultimate destiny God has planned for me."
Jeff: (Standing, he places his hands on the desk and leans forward toward Mike.) "Sorry to burst your bubble, but the truth is, your faith cost you this position by preventing you from doing what was neccessary to stay on top of the heap. A lot of good it's done you. (Stand back and spreads his arms to indicate himself.) Look at me. Here I am, a self-admitted party animal, I'm juggling three women, I don't even believe in God, and I'm doing better than you! You got fired and I got your position and a hefty raise to boot. If there is a God he doesn't care about the little stuff you obsess over. He doesn't even care about the big stuff! If he did, why does bad stuff happen to good people all the time?" (Grabs a newspaper off the desk and, spreading it open, he holds it up defiantly.) "This tells me there's no God."
Mike: (Taking a Bible out of a drawer, he looks at it.) "And you'll throw that away at the end of the day. This, on the other hand, (holding up the Bible) has outlasted all it's critics and will last forever. This tells me there is a God, and that He cares for His creation. He has a plan, a wonderful plan, and I'm part of it."
Jeff: "Good for you. I want no part of it. I have my own plans, and tonight I plan to par-ty!" (He dances a few steps.)
Mike: (As he puts a last item in the crate.) "Jeff, I may never get another chance to tell you this. Bad things can happen to good people the same as everyone else. But those who know Christ have someone to turn to, someone that cares, when they do. You don't know what tomorrow may bring. You don't even have a guarantee of finishing this day out alive. The Bible says, 'Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation.' Accept Christ into your heart, like I have... and you'll be prepared for whatever comes your way, good or seemingly bad."
Jeff: "Ain't nothing coming my way but good times."
Mike: (Walking around the desk with the crate under an arm, he stands in front of Jeff.) "I'm truly happy for you, Jeff. But I'd be happier if I knew that you were going to Heaven."
Jeff: (Stands as well and faces him.) "That sounds like a threat."
Mike: "Not at all. Jeff, when your world comes crashing down, you've got to have a foundation that is eternal. Sooner or later everything we are, and have done, is going to be tested by fire. Is what you're doing with your life every day, something you'll be proud of when you stand before the Lord?"
Jeff: (Turning away, to hide his discomfort at the direction the conversation has taken, he walks to the window and looks out.) "I admit I've done things that I'm not proud of. We all have. But I'm not a bad guy. I'm just like most everybody else I know, trying to make it in a world that has it out for you. God, if he does exist, must understand that. He'll take it into account. I can't believe I'm going to hell the same as Hitler or somebody like that."
Mike: (Standing behind him to the side and looking at him as Jeff looks out of the window.) "You don't have to go anywhere. Sometimes hell comes right up behind you, out of the blue, and swallows you down without warning. Anyone living without God and His guidance is fair prey. No-one is safe, anywhere."
Jeff: (Silent for a moment.) Look at the city out there. It's a beautiful morning. I'm having a great day, and nothing you can say can ruin it for me. (He turns to look at Mike.) Go home to your wife, Mike, and try to explain to her why you're home early. Maybe God will help you. I've got a lot to do as the new head of marketing. And I've got plans to make for tonight. (Holds out a hand to Mike.) Goodbye. (Mike takes it regretfully.) Thanks for the sermon."
(Jeff stands as Mike walks out the door with his crate. As soon as he is gone, Jeff looks around at the room and smiles.)
"And thanks especially for this beautiful office!" (He goes to the desk and picks up the phone, punching in some numbers while he grins.)
"Hey, Shonda, it's Jeff. (listens) Good. How are things way down there on the 85th floor? (listens) Fantastic! Listen to this news flash... you are now talking to the new head of the Big Apple Electronics Marketing and Advertising. (listens) Yes! (listens) Thanks! Yeah, it worked out just like I planned.
(Begin Track #11, the ominous Finale and Close music, under his lines here.)
(Continues, as he listens) Well, the first thing I'm doing is getting together with some friends to celebrate after work. Want to join us? My treat. (listens) Great! Let's meet downstairs at the North Tower Lounge in the lobby at 5:15. After that, who knows where we'll end up? (listens with a smile, then looks at his watch.) Look, I've got a meeting with the department heads in a few minutes. Word of my promotion is already spreading like wildfire through the Trade Center. (listens) Okay, see you this evening. (He hangs up and claps his hands together once with glee.) Yes, Jeff old boy, September 11th, 2001 is definitely going to be a day to remember!"
(The music should reach the peak and music sting here.)
(He looks around the office again and grins. He walks out as the music ends.)
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