"War of the
by Fred Passmore
Synopsis: A reporter and her cameraman cover a breakout of violence around a church. As they interview various refugees from the war zone, they find out that it is a church war. A titanic battle of the wills is being waged between members who disagree on trivial details. Neither side wins, and the church splits in two. A defeated and wounded party of survivors, led by the pastor, are inspired by a child to return and rebuild what has been lost.
Time To Perform: Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Characters: Reporter Pamela Parfay, Cameraman Charles (Chuck) Wagon, Refugee #1, who is young man; Refugee #2, who is an older man, Refugee #3, who is an older woman; the Pastor, a Little Girl, and mixed age/gender group of 5-6 people, more or less according to your cast.
If you wish to add more characters to accomodate a larger cast, you may have two people come up at a time for any of the refugees, and divide the lines of the one character between them. Such as Refugee #1, could be a young couple. Same with each of the other refugees, according to their age group. But they are really written to be individuals.
Costumes: Pamela is dressed nicely, befitting her TV status. But the refugees from the war zone can be dressed in torn or ragged clothes, as if they have been through a battle. The pastor is wearing gauze bandages on his head and has an arm in a makeshift sling. Others can wear similar evidences of being treated for wounds in a hurry.
Props: Video camera and microphone.
Setting: No special background is needed. The setting is outside, but the warfare around the church in the distance is only heard (via the soundtrack CD effects mentioned below) but not seen.
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