"The Legacy" Plot Description Page
written by Fred Passmore
copyight 2012 Sheep Laughs Publications

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This page contains a breakdown of the play's events, so that you can get an overview of the script without reading all of it first. To go to the actual script, click here.

No lines to learn! This is like "The Christmas Family" and "Redemption In The Wings," in that a CD supplies all the narration, music and sound effects. Note that in the script (and therefore on the soundtrack), the play is not mentioned as happening at any specific time or holiday, so it can be done anytime; but it would be perfect for Easter or even Mother's Day. The length of the soundtrack (and therefore, the play) is 52 minutes.

Framework roles: Jason Donner, the main character, who is in his early-to-mid 20's. His mother Sandra, who also plays the part of Mary the mother of Jesus; she is in her mid-50's. His sister, Sharon, in her mid-twenties, who also plays the part of Mary Megedelene. Storyteller Grandpa, an elderly man, anywhere from in his 60's on up.

Main Biblical roles: Jesus. Peter. Judas. John. Pilate. The Centurion. Smaller parts: the High Priests (there are two) and several of the Sanhedrin. Servant Girl, Temple Guard. You may also have other extras in various roles, such as other women, soldiers, elders and such. It really depends upon the amount of people you have available, and costumes.

Costumes: Casual clothes for the Donner family; Biblical robes for the people in the scriptural scenes; Roman armor for the Centurion. Jesus requires three changes of clothes: his original robe, a bloodied version with a crown of thorns and a purple robe thrown over his shoulders for the scene after his scourging, and a different robe when he appears to Mary in the garden.

Props for framework scene: A small suitcase, a laptop PC with carrying case, a bottle of water, a CD in a case; a box of books and manuscripts.

Props for Biblical scenes: a rope at least 6 feet long; a spear for the Centurion; a small cloth bag for the coins given to Judas; a metal or ceramic basin for Pilate to wash his hands in.

Settings: For the framework in modern day: A small area on one side of the stage (the one closest to a stage door) decorated as a bedroom. There should be a table, a lamp and a couple of chairs. If you can have a small bed, all the better, but if not, a comfortable chair. For the Biblical scenes, occupying the rest of the stage area: a background wall (or canvas) painted to look like an ancient and weathered stone wall, with a window. Really, the backgrounds for the Biblical sequences are not important, since the main character is seeing the events in a dream, which changes locations several times. The audience uses their imagination, and the focus is on the people in the scene, not the backgrounds. For example, the scenes happen in the outer courtyard of the High Priest's building; inside the same building; Pilate's Hall; Golgotha's hill; and the Garden Tomb. It would be impractical to try and portray those locations with changing backgrounds. See why this play is easy to do? All you need are actors and costumes. They don't even have to learn lines, only rehearse according to the script and the soundtrack.

Plot breakdown: The play begins with a voiceover by Storyteller Grandpa, as he describes the situation's background and introduces Sandra Donner, who is preparing her adult son Jason's old room for his imminent visit. He is in town to meet with a movie studio rep to sell the rights to his recently-deceased father's Christian books. One of her children, Sharon, joins her in the room, and they discuss her disagreement with her brother over the sale of the books and characters to a studio that would strip them of any spiritual meaning. Her father had willed the book rights to his son, with his wishes that he continue to develop the property using his own talents. They both head out to go to the airport to meet Jason and bring him back.

When he arrives and comes into the room to unpack, his sister confronts him about his decision, and they have words. Their mother comes in moments later, and she urges her son to give his life to the Lord. She knows the once his soul is saved, his priorities will change. He resists, and she leaves with him a CD containing the dramatized story of Good Friday and Easter, making him promise to listen to it, as it was his father's last project. When she leaves, he plays the CD, but falls asleep as he listens. He comes to in a dream, and begins living out in the dream the events being described on the CD story. First, he sees Peter deny knowing the Lord. Afterward, he talks to Peter, and asks why he did it. His answer gives Jason insight into his own life's decisions.

Just then he is met by an old man dressed like a farmer, who is revealed to be Storyteller Grandpa (whom we heard at the beginning and also as the voice on his father's CD). Although a fictional character from his father's books, he is in Jason's dream as a guide and commentator. Jason then encounters a man who is soon revealed to be Judas after he has betrayed the Lord. His excuses for the betrayal echo some of the reasons Jason gave to his sister earlier for selling out his father's dream. He then witnesses Judas trying to return the gold coins to the High Priests, and their rejection of it. He leaves, and through a powerful scene highlighted by ominous music, goes away to hang himself. Jason and the Storyteller discuss what they just saw and Jason realises how close he has come to committing a similar betrayal.

They next encounter Mary, the mother of Jesus, along with Mary Magedelene and the disciple John. Jason talks with Mary about what they are doing, (the part of Mary is played by the same actress that played his own mother at the beginning) and in her words of love and concern for her Son, Jason sees the love of his own mother in praying for him.

The next scene they witness is in Pilate's hall, as Jesus is brought before him to be judged. Finding him innocent of the charges, he nevertheless has him flogged in an attempt to appease the Council. When Jesus is led away, we see the reactions of Jason, the Storyteller, Jesus' mother and his friends as he is scourged. We do not see it, only hear it, and are watching the reactions and conversation among those watching.

Jesus is brought back before Pilate and presented to the crowd, who, incited to a frenzy by the Priests, cry out for his death. Pilate finally turns Jesus over to them to be crucified. As he is led away again, we see Jason and the Storyteller talk over what they just saw. Again, Jason recognizes in his own actions the very thing he condemns so strongly in Pilate.

They, along with the others, as well as the Centurion in charge, witness the crucifixion of Jesus, as the audience hears it happening. Again, the scene is described in narration and the Scripture reading, with sound effects and music. Jason speaks with the Centurion, who tells of the things he has observed about Jesus, and we see the impact it all has on him. After various sayings are heard from the Cross, Jesus dies, and when the earthquake ceases, the Centurion confesses him to be the Son of God.

Jason and the Storyteller talk over what they have seen one last time, and then Grandpa says his goodbyes, in a heartfelt scene. Jason realises that the character was really the voice of his own father, putting into words what he had believed and held dear. He wakes up, and immediately kneels to accept the Lord into his heart. As he prays, his sister Sharon comes in with a box of their father's books, in a last attempt to change his mind about selling off the rights to the secular company. He tells her he has decided to retain the rights and develop the property like his father wanted, and this is a great relief to her.

Just then their mother comes back into the room, and we see --without hearing the actual words, as the dramatic music plays-- him telling her about his dream, his salvation, and decision. With joyful tears, she embraces both of them as she rejoices and thanks the Lord. As they leave to go eat and make plans on running the family business together, the voice of Grandpa comes back on and concludes the play.

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