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IMAGINE: a musical about david
Formerly entitled "Once There Was a Boy Named David"
Hear Four Complete Songs >>> http://goo.gl/3tf0pM
Act I Scene 1
(At rise: a lovely afternoon. A verdant
meadow. DAVID sits watching over his
father’s flock, writing in a copybook.
His slingshot lay beside him. SHEEP 1,
SHEEP 2 & SHEEP 3 recline chewing cuds.
Enter SATAN in a black robe. He walks with
a slight limp. He stands at a distance,
watching DAVID warily, frowning. Fifteen
seconds pass. Enter GABRIEL in a white
Well, what do you know? Satan! It’s really you! As I
live and breathe! Thought you fell off the edge of the
earth. What have you been doing with yourself?
Oh, you know me. Going here, there and everywhere,
to and fro in the earth. Walking up and down in
It is indeed. Been a long time, hasn’t it?
It has. We should get together now and then.
We should. We really should. I’m not just saying
Oh now, look over there. Isn’t that young David?
Such a dutiful boy, keeping watch over his father’s
sheep. And always with some writing material on him.
Diligence? His merely having a pen and paper warrants
your praise? Your standards are much too relaxed.
It’s just some schoolboy doodling.
Pag e 2
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You’re being hard on the boy.
I seriously doubt you’ll find the Code of Hammurabi or
an account of Deucalion's Flood in there. Think how it
was in our day. Nowadays it’s “hey, whatever.”
They say David writes for self-improvement.
You’d be shocked at what kids do for quote selfimprovement.
I’m sure David is writing something serious.
Perhaps. Perhaps. Or he may be scribbling trash. Or a
love sonnet. Or God forbid, drawings of naked girls.
Is your knee acting up?
My knee’s fine. What’s not fine is the current state
of things. In our day, life was serious.
That was then. I say, David’s not the type to engage
in trash. In fact, I’m willing to bet money on it.
Oh, beware, Master Gabriel! He who bets, barters hope
for false hope. Sorrow and misery will engulf thee.
I was speaking of a friendly wager, Master Satan.
Oh. Well. As long as it’s friendly.
(SATAN & GABRIEL stop near DAVID. SHEEP 1, 2
& 3 eye them suspiciously. GABRIEL clears
2 & 3 hold up signs “Flock flock flock.Hear the music >>> http://goo. David. Details. (SHEEP 1. Well. Like wham! There it was. DAVID looks up) DAVID: Flock. It’s flock. DAVID: Yes. that. P age 4 . Admirable practice. Details. I keep a copybook. SHEEP 3 sticks out tongue. please. sir.gl/DBqI4p GABRIEL: Greetings. DAVID: (Stands. To write my ideas down. tell us about this temple. you never know when an idea will hit. Almost like a dream. we’re a flock”) GABRIEL: We stand corrected. young David. A group of sheep is a flock. Are you ready for this? The temple! Came to me out of the blue. For example? I had an incredible idea for. never mind. So you do. GABRIEL: So you do. Ever since the fall. We couldn’t help noticing you always seem to have writing material with you. And how are things with the herd this lovely Spring afternoon? (SHEEP 1 & 2 roll their eyes. SATAN: (Rolls eyes) Oh Dear God in Heaven! GABRIEL: Don't mind Master Satan. sticks slingshot in belt) My mother says. And his knee injury.
disease. As God’s house. at fifty feet. assuming God’s ankle was at eye level. Assuming a man back then was four and a half feet tall. I made numerous sketches. Mount Moriah. just amazing. GABRIEL: Why boy! You're amazing! Page 5 . People were smaller back then. GABRIEL: I will admit it does look like a promising site. I even know where the temple should go.Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: Oh. I have it all down in here. Where Moses took the elders up Mount Sinai to meet God? It says they saw the feet of God? I thought long and hard about that. It came to me in living color. the widths. DAVID: I calculated the temple’s height. SATAN: (A nervous glance at GABRIEL) Forty feet tall? How did you deduce that? DAVID: It's in the Torah. The high point outside the walls. we need room for Him to stand inside and move about. All the proportions. the heights. Look over there. whatever. the lengths. GABRIEL: A solid biblical reference! SATAN: Oh right. it should measure four feet from God’s sole to His ankle. floor to dome. Do you see that ridge? GABRIEL: You mean that one? By Jerusalem there? DAVID: Yes. God is forty feet tall. DAVID: The feet and ankles being one-tenth of one’s height. due to diet. I extrapolated God’s aggregate height as forty feet.
(Sings. AND GOD WILLING I WILL BUILD IT AND GOD WILLING IT WILL BE AND GOD WILLING IT WILL GUARD US FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA.Hear the music >>> http://goo. 2. AND AND AND HOW GOD WILLING I WILL BUILD IT GOD WILLING IT WILL RULE GOD WILLING IT WILL SHOW US TO KNOW THAT WHICH IS TRUE. SHEEP 1. 3 collect wood and stones and erect a rude temple) IMAGINE ON THAT MOUNTAINTOP A TEMPLE IMAGINE ON THAT MOUNTAINTOP GOD’S HOME IMAGINE FROM AFAR LIKE A BRIGHT AND SHINING STAR A TEMPLE TO THE GLORY OF THE ONE WHO REIGNS THEN CONSIDER ALL THE WHEREWITHAL TO MAKE IT CONSIDER ALL THE WHEREWITHAL TO START CONSIDER ALL THE PARTS EACH CRAFTSMAN AND HIS ART EACH MASON EV’RY CARVER AND EACH ARTISAN THEN YOU ASK ME WHO’S THE WORTHY ONE TO BUILD IT YOU ASK ME WHO’S THE WORTHY ONE TO TRY YOU ASK ME TO IMPART WHAT TRUTH WITHIN MY HEART COMPELS ME TO ENDEAVOR TO EXALT HIS NAME AND GOD WILLING I WILL BUILD IT AND GOD WILLING IT WILL STAND AND GOD WILLING IT WILL LIGHT UP LIKE A BEACON IN THE LAND. Page 6 .gl/DBqI4p DAVID: I’m going to build this temple as I imagine it. As he does. AND AND AND AND GOD GOD GOD HIS WILLING I WILL BUILD IT WILLING WITH HIS LOVE WILLING WE WILL KNOW HIM BLESSINGS FROM ABOVE.
I could do that. DAVID: You mean I have to be king first? Is that right? GABRIEL: I’m afraid Master Satan is right. SATAN: Of course I’m right. SATAN: Far be it from me to discourage any young person with reasonable goals. David.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Hmmmm. DAVID: King. one would first have to be the king. GABRIEL: Now now. The Temple! SATAN: Right.gl/DBqI4p DAVID(Cont): IMAGINE ON THAT MOUNTAINTOP A TEMPLE IMAGINE ON THAT MOUNTAINTOP GOD’S HOME IMAGINE FROM AFAR LIKE A BRIGHT AND SHINING STAR A TEMPLE TO THE GLORY OF THE ONE WHO REIGNS (Beat) Someday. in order to build a temple. I’d make a good king. I will build it. DAVID: No no. SATAN: Shepherd boy to temple builder. Now that’s a stretch. (SHEEP 1 & 2 hold coronation for SHEEP 3) Page 7 . In order to build the temple. GABRIEL: You see. Let’s not discourage the lad. Now correct me if I’m wrong on this. kings don’t take kindly to private citizens’ usurping kingly functions. Building the temple would be a task reserved for a king.
Kings tend to be bad. SATAN: Why do you encourage him? Let him be a farmer. GABRIEL: But a king can do so much good.Hear the music >>> http://goo. (Sings) THIS IS WHAT A KING WILL DO HE’LL TAKE YOUR EV’RY SON. THIS IS WHAT A KING WILL DO HE’LL COUNT YOUR HOUSE AND LAND HE’LL COUNT ON YOU TO PAY THE TAX HE’LL COUNT YOU AS HIS MAN. GABRIEL: Goodness! There is so much negativity in you. A KING WILL TAKE YOUR SILVER A KING WILL TAKE YOUR GOLD HE’LL GIVE IT TO HIS OFFICERS TO KEEP THEM BOUGHT AND SOLD THIS IS WHAT A KING WILL DO HE’LL PUT YOU IN HIS SIGHTS HE’LL PUT HIS FOOT DOWN ON YOUR NECK HE’LL PUT TO DEATH YOUR RIGHTS.gl/DBqI4p GABRIEL: I’ve no doubt you would. Think of the benefits. HE’LL TAKE THEM FOR HIS CHARIOTS HE’LL TAKE THEM EV’RY ONE. SATAN: Think of all the waste. THIS IS WHAT A KING WILL DO HE’LL FILL THE LAND WITH SPIES HE’LL FILL YOUR PURSE WITH BRIBERY HE’LL FILL YOUR HEAD WITH LIES. A KING WILL TAKE YOUR DIAMONDS A KING WILL TAKE YOUR PEARLS HE’LL MAKE THEM INTO NECKLACES FOR ALL HIS WIVES AND GIRLS Page 8 . SATAN: It’s called reality.
SHEEP 1 & 2. SHEEP 3. Of course he wouldn’t. you stink! You should quit!” (Long pause) DAVID: No! They. THIS IS WHAT A KING WILL DO HE’LL TAKE YOUR EV’RY SON. HE’LL TAKE THEM FOR HIS CHARIOTS HE’LL TAKE THEM EV’RY ONE. “Hi. as humble peasants. I’ll say. GABRIEL: Of course you wouldn’t. I’m David. open door. They wouldn’t say that. you know what I’ll do? I’ll go to people’s houses and knock on their door. feign exaggerated shock. SATAN: What if they say. “David. Your King? How’m I doing?” (Mime. wearing crown.gl/DBqI4p SO THAT IS YOU’LL CRY YOU’LL CRY YOU’LL CRY SATAN(Cont): WHAT A KING WILL DO OUT FOR RELIEF. OUT HOW IT ISN’T FAIR OUT IN YOUR GRIEF. Would they? Page 9 . DAVID: No way. knocks on door. delight) GABRIEL: A truly laudable idea. GABRIEL: You’d never be that. When I am king.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DAVID: My mom would be really angry if I was a bad king. DAVID: No! No! I would never be like that.
like all young people today. SATAN: (Turns) No. Page 10 . it’d be different. You keep it. I give my winnings to you. Let it go. Let him dig the hole deeper. (SATAN turns to leave. little one. You go for the easy wins. With me. There was no intention to insult you. I always win. DAVID: Master Gabriel is a kind person. I think that’s been amply demonstrated. does not turn) SATAN: You don’t know what hard is. Just don’t spend it all in one place. GABRIEL: David. GABRIEL: Oh David. It wouldn’t be a gimme. My bet was that you.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DAVID: Just as I suspected. boy. (Hands coin to DAVID) Here’s the amount we bet. Once is enough.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: Master Gabriel and I had a bet about you. Let him talk. SATAN: You do have a mouth on you. He’ll always let you win. do you? But run away from the hard ones. Master Satan meant it as a joke. engage in nothing but idle thoughts and trash. Please. I do wish you’d learn to hold your tongue. I won. You’ll need it. But go ahead and run away if you want. a smug smile) DAVID: How about I give you a chance to win it back? SATAN: Thanks but no thanks. Is that it? (SATAN stops.
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It’s all right, Gabriel. He needs to learn. Name
your game, boy.
Rock, Paper, Scissors.
I know the game.
(Sets coin on ground)
One time. One time for all the marbles. Rock smashes
scissors. Scissors cut paper. Paper covers rock.
I said, I know the game.
(GABRIEL moves back. SATAN & DAVID circle
each other, staring each other down. They
stop. They face each other)
DAVID & SATAN:
Once. Twice. Thrice. Go!
(They both show rock)
Oho! You got lucky that time.
(SATAN & DAVID circle each other
menacingly. They stop. They face each
DAVID & SATAN:
Once. Twice. Thrice. Go!
(They both show paper)
Another tie. I'm getting to like you less and less.
(SATAN & DAVID circle each other. They
stop. They face each other. SATAN
DAVID & SATAN:
Once. Twice. Thrice. Go!
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(SATAN shows paper. DAVID shows scissors.
SATAN gasps. DAVID grins)
Scissors cut paper, old man.
(Fade to black)
End of Scene
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Act I Scene 2
(Bare stage. SATAN in garish rock and roll
garb. He rubs a welt on his arm. It is
painful. He gingerly rubs in some balm. A
piano is off to the side)
I’ll have you know I’m a person of consequence. In the
past, I’ve played opposite some very pretty ladies.
And I’ve had lots of good lines. Lots.
(Takes tattered script from pocket)
Here. This is a good example. A nude scene.
“Satan: Did God really mean, you mustn’t eat from that tree?
Eve: We may eat fruit from the trees, but not that one, lest we
die. We’re not even supposed to touch it.
Satan (touches tree): You won’t die. He knows when you eat of
it, your eyes’ll be opened and you’ll be like him.
(He picks fruit, holds it out to her)
Here. Try it. You’ll like it.”
(Tosses script aside)
Wonderful lines, those. Pithy. Dramatic. Fraught with
shadings and nuance. They don’t write lines like that
anymore. Today it’s sophomoric relationship drivel
from the mouths of limp, weak, whiney, clueless,
dysfunctional protagonists. I must admit I have deep
concerns. A sense of foreboding, if you will. I’ve a
feeling I’ll not be well represented in this conceit.
No matter. The show goes on and trouper that I am,
I’ll strut my part on stage. But I’ll strut warily.
(SAMUEL enters. He has a petition in his
hand. He appears troubled)
That’s Samuel, son of Elkanah. A powerful prophet and
judge. So powerful they say Jehovah Himself floats on
a cloud just behind him. Normally, he’s self-assured.
But lately, he’s been worried. He has a problem. It
seems the people want - SAMUEL:
A king! They want a king now! Half the people in
Judah have signed this, this, this petition!
3 enter with protest signs reading “KING NOW!” SATAN goes to piano.gl/DBqI4p (JEWS 1.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DON’T BLOCK REALITY” BUT BUCK UP SAMUEL. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. LORD OF HOSTS. LIKE ANY PIOUS JEW. HE GOES INTO A SYNAGOGUE. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. plays and sings Jerry Lee Lewis style) SATAN: (Sings) OLD SAMMY'S GOT THE “KING NOW” BLUES IT’S GIVING HIM A FRIGHT PEOPLE MARCHIN' BY HIS HOUSE ALL HOURS DAY AND NIGHT PEOPLE AGITATIN' TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE LAW HE WONDERS IF THE CAMEL’S BACK IS BROKEN BY THIS STRAW. Page 14 . OH. SAMUEL CRIES “IT JUST AIN’T FAIR. “TELL ME. “HAVE A BOWL OF CHICKEN SOUP AND TAKE SOME ASPIRIN. THAT’S HOW IT’S GOTTA BE. SAM. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. THEY SAY. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL THINGS’LL GET BETTER FOR YOU.” AND BUCK UP SAMUEL. IT’S CRASHING DOWN MY LIFE!” HE HEADS OFF TO SUBURBIA AND KICKS HIS DOG AND WIFE. TELL ME. SORRY. TELL ME WHAT TO DO. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. “WE WANT A KING RIGHT NOW. 2.” THE ANSWER COMES BACK PRESENTLY THE ANSWER COMES TO HIM. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL THINGS’LL GET BETTER FOR YOU. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. WE’RE MOVING ON.
Hear the music >>> http://goo. thieving. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. YOU SAY? YOU TOSSIN' ME A BONE? YOU THROW ME IN THE LIONS’ DEN. really soon. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL THINGS’LL GET BETTER FOR YOU. good people. 3 exit. So we can kick some butt. 3: (Waving signs) King now! King now! King now! King now! (JEWS 1.gl/DBqI4p SATAN(Cont): SAMUEL CRIES. The future is now. maybe really. chanting. 2. exits in opposite direction) Page 15 . In due time and in the very near future. “King now! King now!” SAMUEL shakes his head wearily. “BUCK UP. HE’S GROWN USED TO ALL THE STATUS HE ENJOYS. 2. JEW1: The Philistines have kings. WHAT WITH ALL THE PRIVILEGES. the Philistine situation will be resolved in our favor. AND POWER HE DEPLOYS. What about us? JEW2: We need a king. SAMUEL: Be patient. FROWNS WHEN YAHWEH SAYS TO HIM “NOW PLEASE DON’T MISCONSTRUE GET OUT IN FRONT AND LEAD OR I’LL SEND YOU TO TIMBUKTU. No need for drastic measures. Even the dirty. BUCK UP BUCK UP SAMUEL. JEWS 1. I FEEL SO ALL ALONE” NOW SAMUEL. We need a king now. bushwhacking Amalekites have a king.” NOW BUCK UP SAMUEL. JEW3: Favor schmavor.
I vote libertarian. SAUL rushes in followed by SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN. flings spear with a note attached at Mandate. Mandate of Heaven certificate on wall above throne. But hey. The less government. for yours is a realm of darkness and obscurity! Your legacy will be ruin and more ruin!” SAUL: These Amalekites are scum! Page 16 . Personally. the better. I like Jews. they go off the deep end. combative. SAUL: What does it say? Read it! SATAN: (Reads note) “Oh King Saul! Lament. With a note. SATAN winks at audience) SAUL: Did you hear that? What was that?! SATAN: What was what. Take this “king now” stuff. But every once in a while.Hear the music >>> http://goo. SAUL’s throne room. They’re plucky. Spear sticks in wall in center of Mandate with a loud “THUNK!” MASKED AMALEKITE exits. MASKED AMALEKITE in tribal garb enters. There’s lots of downside to having a king. that’s me.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: (Dons robe of royal official as he speaks) Contrary to received wisdom. stiff-necked and they always read the fine print. (Lights up. your grace? SAUL: Oh my God! Look! SAUL’S AIDE: An Amalekite spear in your Mandate of Heaven.
they are sorely mistaken. your grace. OH OH OH. AM I TROUBLED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: NO NO NO. O King. OH OH OH. your majesty. Show them you will not be frightened. Enter MESSENGER) Ah! Look! A happy dispatch borne by this wingéd Mercury.Hear the music >>> http://goo. It just goes on and on. SAUL: Well. HE’S AS COOL AS AN ICE TRAY Page 17 . We could use a little cheer. MESSENGER: Philistines. SAUL: We stomped them. SAUL’S AIDE: Hang in there. killed a teacher and her students. spit it out. Right? MESSENGER: Not exactly.SAUL: It never ends. attacked a school. we trust. your highness. Show them. (Hands note to SAUL. You have good news. Four of them slipped through our defences. SATAN: Don’t let it trouble you. Show them your mettle. MESSENGER: I have news. SAUL: Trouble? Me? Who says it troubles me? (Sings in doo-wop style) LOOK ON THIS FACE GAZE ON THIS VISAGE IT SHOULD BE CLEAR WHAT I AM ABOUT. OH OH OH.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: If they think this weakens your resolve. We cornered them in a chicken coop and . OH OH OH.
OH OH OH. HE’S AS SET AS A PAYDAY SAUL: AM I TROUBLED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: NO NO NO. OH OH OH. HE’S AS STRAIGHT AS A RUNWAY SAUL: AM I TROUBLED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: NO NO NO.Hear the music >>> http://goo. HE’S AS SHARP AS A STINGRAY SAUL: AM I TROUBLED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: NO NO NO. HE’S AS SMOOTH AS FAIRWAY SAUL: AM I TROUBLED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: NO NO NO. HE’S AS FIRM AS A GATEWAY. OH OH OH. OH OH OH.gl/DBqI4p SAUL: AM I TROUBLED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: NO NO NO. SAUL: THIS IS NOT A WORRIED FACE THIS ISN’T GRIM RESOLVE WE’RE NOT IN A PANIC MODE WE’LL NOT TO BLACK DISSOLVE SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: IS HE TROUBLED? SAUL: DO YOU SEE ME RUNNING SCARED? Page 18 .
OH OH OH. OH OH OH. OH OH OH.gl/DBqI4p SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: IS HE TROUBLED? SAUL: IS MY REASONING IMPAIRED? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: IS HE TROUBLED? SAUL: DO YOU THINK I’M UNAWARE? SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: IS HE TROUBLED? SAUL: NOW JUST ASK ME IF I CARE! TROUBLED TROUBLED TROUBLED TROUBLED IS IS IS IS SAUL & SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: AS TROUBLED DOES ILLUSION WHAT WEAKENS US CONFUSION SAUL’S AIDE: TROUBLED’S A CONSPIRACY SATAN: TROUBLED’S A MALIGNANCY SAUL: TROUBLED’S A CALAMITY AND I WILL HAVE IT OUT! OUT! OUT! LOOK AT THIS FACE GAZE ON THIS VISAGE IT SHOULD BE CLEAR WHAT I AM ABOUT. Page 19 . SAUL & SAUL’S AIDE & SATAN: OH OH OH. OH OH OH.Hear the music >>> http://goo.
It just exacerbates .Hear the music >>> http://goo. (Dons sword) I intend to repay this insult like for like. Make them pay. SAUL’S AIDE: Girlie-man! SAUL: Get your pretentious. MESSENGER: If I may make a comment. We’re going to the Valley of Elah to fight Philistines. Grind them into dust. SAUL: Is exacerbate even a word? SATAN: It shouldn’t be. our two eyes for an eye. my lord.SAUL: Where did a messenger learn a word like exacerbate? SAUL’S AIDE: A little education is worse than none at all. (Fade to black) End of Scene Page 20 . two teeth for a tooth policy isn’t working. my king. SAUL: Yes? MESSENGER: In my opinion.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: (To MESSENGER) Why couldn’t you bring good news? He wants good news. Two of them for every one of us. la-di-da butt out of my sight. Let’s ban it. SAUL: Let’s ban all four syllable words. To SATAN & SAUL’S AIDE) Call up the reserves and the national guard. (MESSENGER exits. (To SAUL) Strike back hard.
David’s older brothers. That’s up ahead. Can’t talk. The Valley of Elah. Overly rude. DAVID: (Indicates his backpack) Got home-cooked meals here for my brothers. ABINADAB is trying to start a campfire by making sparks with a flint. SATAN: Defending the country. Not the sort of thing your average young lad aspires to. A most unusual ambition. Abinadab and Shammah are privates. You must be proud of them. His slingshot in his belt) Well. isn’t it? DAVID: Yes.Hear the music >>> http://goo. SATAN: (Points up ahead) Ah. I sense gathering clouds. DAVID: They were drafted. ABINADAB and SHAMMAH. No manners at all. speaking of the devil! (Adjusts turban so as not to be recognized) Excuse me there. Eliab. And the way he treated me. backpack & walking stick. They’re all in the infantry. Page 21 . ELIAB. Worrisome all around. young man! Sorry. What to do? What to do? (Enter DAVID in hiking cloak. SATAN: At least you can tell me where you’re going. DAVID: I’m in a huge rush.gl/DBqI4p Act I Scene 3 (At rise: A space. They’re in King Saul’s army in the Valley of Elah. Red flags popping up everywhere. cloak & walking stick of a peddlar) SATAN: That young lad with the temple scheme. Their swords are on ground nearby. A second space. My brother. is a sergeant. SATAN in turban. I’d say. in military uniforms.
Move it to the right.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: I’m headed out there myself. holds up gewgaw) Oh come on.Hear the music >>> http://goo. she undresses. Be a shame to have all that go to waste. Try it. Marketing gewgaws. SATAN: (Blocks DAVID’S way. doodads and trinkets factory-direct to the military customer. SATAN: You move it to the left. young man! (No response from ABINADAB) You there! Excuse me! ABINADAB: Yeah? Page 22 . (DAVID exits. Would you like to see a gewgaw? DAVID: I’m really in a hurry. Just the thing for the lonely soldier at the front. (Hands him card) Lucifer Enterprises. turns it over in his hand) What am I supposed to do with it? SATAN: You hold it up to your eye. she puts her clothes on. you are. DAVID: (Takes gewgaw. Turns to ABINADAB) Excuse me. SATAN shrugs. You’ll like it. (DAVID starts off) SATAN: I hope you’re not one of those “religious” boys. DAVID: That’s a naked girl. Too bad about that. I’m a merchant. Look in the peephole. DAVID: (Hands it back) I think it’s disgusting. You’re a handsome lad.
Everyone knows that. Of course. (To SATAN) What’s your business here. I was asking him. Oh. ELIAB: I do mind. SATAN: Yes. ELIAB: This is a war zone you’re in. SATAN: There’s no call to be disputatious. ELIAB: Travelling.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Page 23 . SHAMMAH: Well. ELIAB: Shammah! SHAMMAH: What’d I say? ELIAB: Careful. blackout on other space) War zone? So. this is the Valley of Elah. A poor intinerant merchant. Loose lips sink ships. SATAN: (Steps into space. I’m uh. sure. I’m his older brother. I’m. My business. You can ask me. brother. So you were out on the main road just now.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: Is this the Valley of Elah where the big battle is to be fought? ELIAB: Who wants to know? SATAN: If you don’t mind. stranger? SATAN: My. travelling the highways and byways of.
Tonight. Thanks for bringing good news. ABINADAB: Yep! That’s David! Always has his sling. Take a look at these. but I recall he had a sling in his belt. ELIAB: Yeah? SATAN: Here. SHAMMAH: Mom’s homemade bread. He didn’t say his name. a young man with ruddy good looks? SATAN: A lot of people were using the road. See if you like them. (Opens backpack) Things to lighten up the soldier’s drab life. I love goat cheese. David. A little of this. I deal in gewgaws and doodads and trinkets. What are you doing out here? SATAN: Me? Oh uh. SHAMMAH: All right! We’re gonna have Mom’s home cooking. ELIAB: Real goat cheese. A little of that.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Mom’s home cooking. He’s on his way here with bread and corn and cheese from home. ELIAB: Our youngest brother. Did you see our brother.gl/DBqI4p SHAMMAH: He must have seen David. Not the foul stuff the army passes off. Page 24 . Sorry I was a little rough with you. Mom’s home cooking. But I do recall having a chat with a comely young man. but the real thing. ABINADAB: Corn on the cob. ELIAB: Goat cheese! I can already taste it.
look at that. Yeah. I'm going over there now. SATAN: So the Philistine fortifications are over there? Is that right? ELIAB: Uh yeah yeah. ABINADAB: Not fair! You gotta let me see! Come on! SATAN: Well. Right. ELIAB: Oh. SATAN: (Points toward the Philistine lines) Okay. lads.gl/DBqI4p ELIAB: Oh hey. that’s sweet. Page 25 . SHAMMAH: Oh yeah.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Guess I’ll just mosey on down the road. Then maybe I will. wow. that is cool. this is hot.SHAMMAH: Oh yeah. See how she . You move it to the right and she . Now I see you lads are amusing yourselves. You should see this. ELIAB: (Transfixed on gewgaw) Yeah. You do that. I want my coffee. ELIAB: Yeah sure bye.ABINADAB: Hey! Come on! Lemme see! ELIAB: Make that campfire like I told you. good. Oh yeah. Ta ta.
ABINADAB returns to trying to start campfire. young fellow.gl/DBqI4p (Lights up on a new space in direction SATAN was pointing. We been sitting here for forty days. I see. maybe. SATAN exits first space & enters GOLIATH space. But they won’t fight. (No response from GOLIATH) You there! Excuse me! GOLIATH: Yeah? SATAN: Is this the Valley of Elah where the great battle is to be fought? GOLIATH: A battle. You’d think one of them would. GOLIATH: Well. In space. glaring at his brothers. Not sure how great it’ll be. SATAN: And you’re getting restless. SATAN: They’re scared of you? GOLIATH: Seems that way. I put this stuff on and go out and try to get one of them to fight. SATAN: What if I told you I can get one of them to come out here and fight you? Page 26 . GOLIATH sits staring at his armor & weapons. You want someone to start something. SATAN: Oh? GOLIATH: Every day. ELIAB & SHAMMAH continue enjoying themselves staring into the gewgaws) SATAN: Excuse me.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Yeah.
that settles that. my largish friend. I’m so bored I could . How about that? GOLIATH: What’s the catch? SATAN: Oh please. I’ll throw in a victory. Guaranteed. GOLIATH: Kill him? SATAN: Kill him. GOLIATH: That’s it? SATAN: I don’t want you letting him run away with his tail between his legs. Are you? SATAN: You do have to do one thing for me. GOLIATH: Aha. Page 27 . SATAN: You have to kill him.Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p GOLIATH: You could do that? Tell you. No problem. I want him dead. Ta ta. SATAN: Well. Think you can handle that? GOLIATH: Sure.SATAN: I’ll do more. A condition. Do I look like the kind of guy who’d set conditions? GOLIATH: I don’t know.
GOLIATH stands. I want my coffee. Winner take all. I’m waiting. Get the fire going. We’ll go one on one. don’t you think? ELIAB: Why doesn’t someone shut him up? GOLIATH: Hey girls! Come on! Let’s settle this and go home. He shakes his spear) Hello over there. GOLIATH: Listen. Page 28 . fire! ELIAB: Talking to it won’t help. brother. ELIAB & SHAMMAH continue staring into the gewgaws) ABINADAB: Darn darn darn! ELIAB: Haven’t you got that fire going yet? Please! ABINADAB: Please start. SHAMMAH: Why doesn’t King Saul do something? GOLIATH: I’m waiting. all you Hebrew nancy-boys! SHAMMAH: Oh shoot. it’s Goliath again. ladies! It’s been forty days and forty nights. starts putting on his armor. GOLIATH: (Now in his armor.Hear the music >>> http://goo. ABINADAB: Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! SHAMMAH: Cussing won’t help either. Come on.gl/DBqI4p (SATAN exits. Send your best out here to fight me. Mano a mano. ladies. Time to go home to your boyfriends.
Hear the music >>> http://goo. GOLIATH: Can’t wait much longer. Two.gl/DBqI4p ABINADAB: Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! ELIAB: Why don’t you go out there? SHAMMAH: Are you crazy? He’d eat me alive. What’s wrong with this picture? Pre-SENT! ARMS! Page 29 . Marvelous. said he’d get someone to fight. winks broadly at audience) SATAN: Just what’s going on here? (ELIAB. a frustrated expression on his face) He lied. Just marvelous. Ciao! (GOLIATH sits down. SATAN: Coffee. Five more seconds. SHAMMAH: Admit it. Lieutenant. A giant is screaming insults at us. One. girls. Are my soldiers volunteering to defend the honor of his majesty King Saul? No. ABINADAB and SHAMMAH trip over each other forming up and coming to attention) I said. Three. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? ELIAB: We. ABINADAB: Okay! Got it! I got a spark! Finally! (Enter SATAN in an Army Lieutenant's uniform. Saul’s scared. SHAMMAH: He’s gone. If Saul would just send someone over there to slit his fat throat. We’re making a fire to make coffee. Gotta get a pedicure. ELIAB: I don’t mind saying. I’m tired of this. because they’re too busy making coffee. Four.
(ELIAB. sir. SIR! SATAN: The next time I come in here. listen and listen good. but their scabbards are empty) SATAN: (Kicks swords) You never EVER leave your pieces adrift on the deck. it had best be standing tall.gl/DBqI4p (ELIAB. sir. I want this space secure. ELIAB: Yes. Now secure your pieces. ABINADAB & SHAMMAH: YES. ABINADAB and SHAMMAH reach for their swords. SATAN: I can’t hear you. ELIAB: YES. people? I said.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Okay. I am. SATAN rolls his eyes. I want it policed from stem to stern. Never! You got that. if I find one piece of gear adrift. YOU GOT THAT? ELIAB. shakes his head. your sorry butts’ll be in a sling. coffee boy. ABINADAB & SHAMMAH scramble to get their swords. SIR! SATAN: Dis-MISSED. exits) ABINADAB: Coffee boy! Ha! Ha! Ha! ELIAB: Shut up! Page 30 . And when I come back. Who’s in charge here? I said. WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE? ELIAB: I. SATAN: Marvelous! Coffee boy’s in charge.
ELIAB: I said.ELIAB: No no no! Don’t you tell him a thing! None of his darn business. I mean it. Goodies from home.gl/DBqI4p SHAMMAH: Coffee boy. stuffs it in mouth) The Lieutenant can got to blazes! DAVID: What’d I say? SHAMMAH: It’s not you. shut up! (ELIAB sulks. David. ABINADAB: The Lieutenant was just in here and . Hee hee. He said the goat cheese is for the Lieutenant. look who’s here.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Don’t touch the cheese. David! DAVID: Hi. He’ll just tell Pops. homemade bread! And corn! And real goat cheese! DAVID: No no no. bearing food) ABINADAB: Hey. DAVID enters. Pops was real specific. (ELIAB goes to the corner. ELIAB: (Rips off some cheese. ELIAB: What? For who? The Lieutenant can go to blazes! DAVID: Hey! No joke. ABINADAB: Hey. The cheese is for your Lieutenant. sits with his back to them and continues sulking) Page 31 . David! Awwwright. brothers.
GET UP AN' GET RIGHT COME ON. I need my Big Brother. No reaction from ELIAB) Come on. GET UP AN' GET RIGHT Page 32 . Big Brother. BIG BROTHER YOU GOTTA GET RIGHT. BIG BROTHER. It’s your little bro. Cheer up. cheer up. RIGHT COME ON. Don't be like this. SHAMMAH: You talk to him. David. makes fart sounds under his armpit. STEP INTO THE LIGHT COME ON. You always cheer him up. BIG BROTHER. RIGHT COME ON. RIGHT. STEP INTO THE LIGHT COME ON. BIG BROTHER. GET UP AN' GET RIGHT COME ON. it’s me. BIG BROTHER. Come on. BIG BROTHER. I’m not saying another word. BIG BROTHER YOU GOTTA GET RIGHT. It’s David. does pratfalls.gl/DBqI4p ABINADAB: I’m staying out of this. Hey come on. GET UP AN' GET RIGHT WHEN SATAN COMES AND TAKES MY HAND TO LEAD ME ALL ASTRAY WHEN I AM WEAK AND WEARY AND TEMPTATION COMES TO STAY WHEN A LITTLE GUY NEEDS A BIG SOMEONE TO HELP HIM FIND HIS WAY THAT’S WHEN LITTLE BRO NEEDS BIG BROTHER COME ON. (Sings) WHEN ALL THE KIDS THEY PICK ON ME AND NO ONE’S ON MY SIDE WHEN MOMMA COMES INTO MY ROOM AND CALLS IT A PIGSTY WHEN POPPA YELLS AND TELLS ME THAT HE’S GONNA TAN MY HIDE THAT’S WHEN LITTLE BRO NEEDS BIG BROTHER WHEN ME AND THIS ONE GUY SQUARE OFF AND NO ONE’S GOT MY BACK WHEN HE AND ME ARE FIGHTING AND THEN SOMEONE ELSE ATTACKS WHEN YOU SEE ME YELLING “HELP ME!” LIKE I WAS A MANIAC THAT’S WHEN LITTLE BRO NEEDS BIG BROTHER COME ON. DAVID: Hey. Smile for me. Eliab.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Come on! (A spotlight on DAVID as he makes faces. BIG BROTHER. Hey come on. RIGHT.
What if I made that big fat dummy shut up? Would that cheer you up? ELIAB: It might. DAVID: Forty days? Every hour? SHAMMAH: We’re starting to call him Old Faithful. sword in hand) GOLIATH: Hello again out there. I see. He is a hefty one. Big Philistine giant. there’s just no hope. Big Brother.Hear the music >>> http://goo. What’s the matter? Too chicken? Too scared? DAVID: How long has this been going on? ABINADAB: Forty days. Every hour. DAVID: Oh yeah. GOLIATH: Come on. Let’s do it one on one. what if I brought you his sword? Would that help bring you out of your funk? Page 33 . the big galoot challenges King Saul to single combat. winner take all. isn't he? (Scrunches down next to the sulking ELIAB) Hey.gl/DBqI4p ABINADAB: When he’s like this. all you circumcised girlies! DAVID: What’s that? SHAMMAH: Goliath. (GOLIATH stands up. Eliab. DAVID: Well. ladies.
Give little bro some room. You can’t win this. A joke’s a joke. just move back. everyone. forget this. ELIAB: Go home to Pops. Forget it. Go home. David. David. outof-shape loser is going down. Please. DAVID: No.gl/DBqI4p ELIAB: It might. Tock. As much as I love you. That fat. GOLIATH: You can’t beat me! Because I am Superman! I am the Most Dominant Ever! DAVID: (Takes out his sling) This is my pledge to you. SHAMMAH: Okay. sings) OH I LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILL OH I LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILL YEA. DAVID: What if I brought you his head? Would that cheer you up even more? ELIAB: That would sure help. ladies. Big Brother. DAVID picks up several stones for his sling. ELIAB: Davey. He’s too big. Tock. Tick. GOLIATH: Time is tight. I WALK IN THE VALLEY OR I SLIDE DOWN AN ALLEY I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILL Page 34 . Now. I guarantee it. that’s it. ABINADAB: Shammah’s right. SHAMMAH: Eliab’s right. Tick. When I decide on something. (They move back.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Back off.
Don’t hurt him too bad. winks. SEE HIM STARIN’ GIMME SHELTER IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WING AN’ THE WORD IT IS REAL AN’ THE POWER IT PROCLAIM SEE THE STONES IN THE FIELD HIPPY-HOPPIN’ TO HIS NAME. Sound of a sling whirling) GOLIATH: What’s this? A skinny kid? Saul’s sending a child against me? Is this his best? What an insult! ABINADAB: Oh God! Please Goliath. (Grins. WONCHA GUIDE ‘EM TRUE ALL THE WORLD TO SEE GIMME SHELTER IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WING GIMME SHELTER IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WING SEE THE MAN I BEWARIN’ SEE HIM GLARE.gl/DBqI4p DAVID(Cont): AN’ THE WORD IT IS REAL AN’ THE POWER IT PROCLAIM SEE THE STONES IN THE FIELD HIPPY-HOPPIN’ TO HIS NAME. STONE THEY BE SHAKIN’ LEFT STONE THEY SHAKIN’ RIGHT STONE THEY DO A DOSIE-DOE MOVE IT IN TIGHT SMOKIN’ LIKE A BURNIN’ SPEAR BUZZIN’ LIKE A BEE LORD. (DAVID exits. puts stone into sling) Watch my back.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Page 35 . brothers.
So keep coming closer. I knew all along he could. THUNK! GOLIATH’s hand to head. little man. I’ll feed you to the birds. Sound. GOLIATH: Ho ho ho! Speaking of last meal. you get one shot in life. didn’t I? Course I did! Page 36 . “OH GOD NOOO!” Sound of a thousand Hebrew warriors cheering. Sound of stone in flight) And close. I promised them a nice snack. (Sling whirls louder) Closer. (Whirling stops. Please! VOICE OF DAVID: I just now said a prayer. I got seven hungry dogs in my kennel. God told me you got one minute left. Get out of there. I knew he could do it.Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p VOICE OF DAVID: Get ready. DAVIDD! WAYYYY TO GO!” Blackout on GOLIATH’s space) ELIAB: WooooooHooooooooooooo! My God! He did it! David. FWUMP! Sound of a thousand Philistine warriors in shock. Didn’t I always say he could do it? Well. body hits ground. GOLIATH falls. I always told him. little mouse. SHAMMAH: Get out of there. (Sound of stone hitting head. GOLIATH: Ho ho! Come. “AWRIGHTT. David. (Sling whirls louder) And closer. I got a stone in my sling with your low rent. my little bro did it! That’s my little bro! Of course. Just enough time for your last meal. out-of-shape name written all over it. Fat Boy. you gotta grab it.
“DAVID! DAVID! DAVID!” DAVID touches finger to blood and puts it to tongue. ABINADAB & SHAMMAH exit. Enter SATAN. dressed like a Israelite soldier. He takes hold of DAVID’S wrist. Fade to black. He smiles. cheering. ELIAB. Lights up. The blade drips with blood. waves toward the cheering. Sound of a thousand Israelite warriors cheering.Hear the music >>> http://goo. clapping. huge smile. bare stage. DAVID enters with GOLIATH’ssword. “DAVID! DAVID! DAVID!” Fade to black) End of Scene Page 37 . raises his arm high.gl/DBqI4p (ELIAB dances jig. The cheering grows louder.
bare stage.gl/DBqI4p Act I Scene 4 (Lights up. This is my big chance. It says I’m going to be a court official. Page 38 . DAVID enters holding an opened letter) DAVID: Summoned to King Saul’s palace. YOU’RE IN THE CLOVER YOU GET ONE SHOT ALWAYS ONCE AND NEVER TWICE. (Sings) YOU GET ONE SHOT AND YOU SINK OR SWIM WITH IT YOU GET ONE SHOT AND YOU SOAR OR TAKE A HIT GRAB IT AND YOU’RE OH SO CLEVER SEE YOU ON YOUR WAY GRAB IT OR IT’S LOST FOREVER WATCH IT SLIP AWAY YOU GET ONE SHOT IT’S THE SAME FOR ALL AND ONE YOU GET ONE SHOT FOR YOUR SEASON IN THE SUN GRAB IT AND YOU’RE OH SO CLEVER SEE YOU TOUCH THE SKY GRAB IT OR IT’S LOST FOREVER KISS YOUR LUCK GOOD BYE YOU GET ONE SHOT DID YOUR BEST GO IN THE TANK? YOU GET ONE SHOT THERE’S THE QUICKSAND AND YOU SANK ONE ONE ONE ONE SHOT AND YOU’RE HISTORY SHOT AND IT’S OVER SHOT FOR THE VICTORY SHOT. you get one shot. He said.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Remember what my big brother said. YOU GET ONE SHOT FOR THE CHAMPAGNE CHILLED ON ICE.
shoves it under SERVING GIRL’s nose.gl/DBqI4p IT’S ONE ONE SHOT ONE SHOT ONE SHOT DAVID(Cont): SHOT TO CLEAR ALL THE BASES TO DRAW OUT ALL THE ACES TO WIN ALL THE RACES IS ALL YOU GET! (DAVID goes back to reading his letter. No one comes near without my say so. pinches SERVING GIRL) SATAN: God save King Saul. He regards DAVID warily) SATAN: David. You’re certain the room is secure? INNKEEPER: Oh yes. God save King Saul! (SATAN enters space. A name can run counter to reality. SERVING GIRL: (Lights candle on table) I don’t care. He’s a dirty old man! INNKEEPER: He’s a good customer! SERVING GIRL: He smells of brimstone and charcoal! He needs to take a bath! (INKKEEPER takes out a coin. Page 39 . sir. stands just outside this space. SERVING GIRL is dressed like a hussy. The name means beloved of God. the back room at an inn with a SERVING GIRL AND INKKEEPER. He’s a Palace official and a good tipper. dressed as a court official. as she wipes table) INNKEEPER: Does this smell? Does it? You be nice to him. SATAN. There's a badge of office around his neck. That’s not to say he’s actually beloved of God. Think of all those Latino boys named Jesus (pr: hey-SOOS) who are anything but.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Lights up on a new space.
I hear nothing. I see nothing. Silence. I’m on the King’s business. sir. you fat oaf! (Flashes badge of office) You see this badge of office? When I wear this.SATAN: Wipe that lewd grin from your face. INNKEEPER: My apologies. wench! (INNKEEPER. smiles. SATAN: (Places coin in INNKEEPER’s hand) Just get out. Again. Thank you. SERVING GIRL bow. You needn’t worry about a thing. He and I will require absolute privacy. DAVID pokes his head in) David! Welcome! Welcome! Come in! Come in! (DAVID enters) Sit. start to exit) SERVING GIRL: Did he call you an oaf? INNKEEPER: Shut up. runs hand thru flame. I’m not on personal business. I say nothing. shut door. Page 40 . DAVID knocks on door) SATAN: Come in! (Door opens. SERVING GIRL exit. I understand comple . sir. SATAN: Out! (INNKEEPER.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: There’ll be a young man coming by. Please sit.Hear the music >>> http://goo. I meant no disrespect. Sit. INNKEEPER: (Giving a lecherous wink) Oh say no more. INNKEEPER: Oh thank you. SATAN sits.
I stood forth and. much too modest. He wanted an answer. shows no emotion) The King asked for you by name. Page 41 . a man of war. raises glass) Welcome. in a ringing voice.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: Thank you. I guess so. before any could speak. David. “Who here does not recall David the son of Jesse of Bethlehem. Do you know the King requested you? (DAVID says nothing. whom God favored on that day in the Valley of Elah when Goliath of Gath troubled us with his scorn and his mockery?” Hello! You look stunned. It’s depressing to see one so clearly underwhelmed by his own good fortune. Aren’t you going to thank me? DAVID: Thank. SATAN: (SATAN pours wine. I’m no hero. King Saul in the Great Hall with his courtiers. (They drink it down. And to think it was I who recommended you. Giant Killer. prudent. Aren’t you excited? DAVID: I. sir. in that typical black mood of his. mighty and valiant. He was looking about him. You’re much. I said. I who reminded him of your great service to the crown after everyone else seemed to have forgotten. Thank you. DAVID: L'chayim. It was one of those things. SATAN pours again) SATAN: Oh.Hear the music >>> http://goo. SATAN: You guess so. Everyone cringing. eyes shooting fire. a comely person. glaring. And he wanted it now. I who spoke your name to the King. SATAN: This is how it was. L'chayim.
There’s no doubt. We do. don’t we? Between you and me and the lamppost. Possibly two or three. When they enter. or they. A demon’s after him. most of them are northerners. I arranged for you to be Court Musician. High time we put a stop to that. Your singular task is to make music in his presence and repel these demons. SATAN: I was right. At least one. Mostly of it. You look me in the eye and you listen. We Judah tribesmen have to stick together. You are favored by God. he’s filled with anger. They know. It. And we Judah men from the south. light and gentle clarity. Men like you and me.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: You said that? About me? SATAN: It’s true. You follow me? DAVID: Yes. When they depart. It’s like night and day. You are valiant. They appear able to enter and leave at will. melancholia and jealousy. SATAN: To please the High Priest. Now the King has a problem.Hear the music >>> http://goo. And when he has a problem. he’s sweetness. Now someone’s putting a hex on him. More or less. it’s a bloody shame what they’re up to. Truth be told. Those who say the Goliath matter was a fluke are suffering from a case of the sour grapes. We know about northerners. Listen to me. but you don’t babble or interrupt or stare blankly. Probably a secret coven doing it out of revenge. You have a ways to go yet. King Saul made witchery a capital crime. You’re a bright one. You’re all the things I said. come and go. DAVID: But. Page 42 . You follow me? DAVID: I. we all have a problem. the sooner people will forget. Yes. the longer they keep you from the court. But I’ve never dealt with spirits before.
Music is from God. wipes it up) This is you. You in his constant presence. Example. Being Court Musician is an opportunity. There are other kinds of opportunities.Hear the music >>> http://goo. “Let us go rob Mister X. boy! How hard can it be? Just play a tune and let the music take effect. It will be like this. You hear the man’s name. Everyone knows that. going. wiping away all negative influences. A courtier enters. Every day and all day. accuses another of theft. DAVID: I’d play my instrument. come on. accuses a serving girl of putting on airs. You’re the cloth. you overhear two men. “opportunity?” DAVID: Yes. SATAN: Queen enters. And close my ears. You’ll be with King Saul. SATAN: (Tops off cups) Are you acquainted with the word. DAVID: I’d play my instrument. (Tilts cup. Soaking it all up with your music. SATAN: And so it is. (Takes a cloth. By chance. SATAN: People coming. You hear the girl’s name. Clearing the air of evil.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: Oh. How do you feel about that? DAVID: It would be a great honor. Watch. You follow me? One thing more.” Would you close your ears? DAVID: No! Of course not! Page 43 . We’ll take his gold and flee. Demons can’t abide it. pours some wine on table) You see the liquid rushing to cover the table top? That’s the demons trying to take control. and one is saying. So he could do his work without hostle influence.
Hear the music >>> http://goo. my boy. He tells the King our tribesman is a traitor. You’d warn the Mister X.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: Of course not. That word again. You pass by doing right. punished. I’ve read how the Evil One (SATAN grins slyly at audience) sets snares and traps to test the unwary. DAVID: Yes. sir. To test. And it’s up to man to make the distinction. a tribesman of ours. A man has an audience with the King. The good things and bad that happen aren’t caused by a roll of the dice. He denounces a Judah man. Hearing the plotters plotting was . And He meant him to use it. there’d be no distinguishing good from bad. And collect a reward. David. You follow? (Refills cups) Consider this. I’d do it because it was the right thing. bad acts.DAVID: An opportunity. Why. SATAN: Exactly. SATAN: Just so. Is this an opportunity? Or is it by mere chance that you happen to be there to hear? Page 44 . Else. How quickly you come to the point. This isn’t a world of chance encounters. And since right acts deserve reward. DAVID: But. Treason is punishable by death. God gave man a brain. SATAN: Distinguishing good from bad. you have the tongue of a philosopher. Things are as they are for a purpose. Mister X has the opportunity to reward you. But I wouldn’t do it for the reward. good acts are rewarded. To test our resolve for following the path of the righteous man. That’s true. David. DAVID: Yes. You fail the test by doing nothing. SATAN: David.
DAVID: That is impious talk. So he can. No one can hear. Maybe he was a traitor. May. To keep away the bad influences. We’re merely exercising our wits. But let’s say your presence appears to be having no effect. SATAN: Stay. Page 45 . Perhaps. SATAN: Perhaps. Perhaps he’s not listening. And never seen again. The king seems to believe the other man. Maybe it’s true. Bad influences would cause the King to judge unfairly. DAVID: Well. SATAN: And so our tribesman. and his poor wife and all his children and his chattels are taken. DAVID: I’m going to leave. DAVID: SATAN: So he can. it becomes generally known among the tribe of Judah that you were there and did noth . Playing a game of what if. It’s a secure room. putting our tribesman’s life in danger. DAVID: I wouldn’t betray the King. It’s possible. I seem to have touched a nerve. whom we are obligated to assist. SATAN: And over time. I mean it’s. God can hear.Hear the music >>> http://goo.DAVID: Stop! This is not good.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: Perhaps I’m there to. I wouldn’t break my oath. Why are you saying this? SATAN: Oh dear.
boy! Did you betray me? DAVID: No! No! Page 46 . they tell me. This kingship will come to no good end. All the while. The toughest of the tough. Led us into this land. so He gave us a brain for grasping at truth. I shouldn’t listen. His breath on DAVID) Now remember. Saul’s tribe. you go against God. This Benjaminite Saul will come to no good end. You go against the tribe. Judah boys. by its very nature. (Suddenly holds DAVID’s hand to the flame) And if the King asks. SATAN: (Grasps DAVID’s hands) Tell you this. pushes the envelope. aren’t you? You’re a scholar. That’s scripture. So what may appear at first to be impiety. tries pulling it away) Answer. Fought off the Egyptians. Truth. searching in the tangle of his wits for truth.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Under the red lion battle flag. who was bringing up the rear. DAVID: You. Sure you do. whenever you see a Judah man in danger. And you know who Moses put up front to lead the way.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: David. You’re disrespecting our King. You’re a lover of truth. first and foremost. may be God’s creation. (Draws near. They did one hell of a job. did you betray me? (DAVID yelps in pain. to help him. man. just as God gave us hands for grasping at objects. God gave us tribes. back-stabbing Amalekites. You know the old tales. stepping in our donkey muck? (DAVID winces at the foul imagery) Benjaminites. don’t you? Tales of the march out of Egypt. You’re twisting words. Took us across that desert. That’s God’s truth. don’t you? Our boys. That’s fact. Kings and tribal ways are natural enemies. Carved out the living spaces. Fought off those bloody. it’s your duty.
SATAN starts toward door. It’s best we don’t leave together. DAVID starts to stand) INNKEEPER: Oh no no. Kings. they unburdon themselves to the people around them. sir. stay seated. DAVID starts up) No. I’m one of the King’s men. INNKEEPER enters with SERVING GIRL. Silence. (DAVID pockets badge. be at the Palace tomorrow morning. hangs it by chain from neck.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: (Releases hand. We had a young fellow your age using his badge to get girls into bed. Don't do that. DAVID licks burn. Page 47 . like all people. You’re one of the King’s men. you name it. You don’t have to be anywhere until tomorrow morning. If that were to happen with you. In any case. I’m just showing the wench the spots that need scrubbing. Saul may confide in you. Sit. He holds it in his palm.Hear the music >>> http://goo. And when they do. A bit of advice. Stops. (SATAN exits. It identifies you as a King's man. SERVING GIRL has a pitcher of water and a pan. get lonely. That’s a badge of office you have there. In time. looks down. INNKEEPER: Now just relax. The guards won't let you in without it. And don’t be late. INNKEEPER: And sir you are. God save him. gardeners. He takes out badge. bodyguards. Sit as long as you wish. admires it. (Stands. DAVID: Yes. God save him. DAVID jerks it back) You see? It didn’t hurt. DAVID: You called me sir. maids. (Tosses badge with chain onto table) Here. Enjoy your leisure. sir. Wear it on your neck at the Palace. does not turn back) One last thing. please recall the worthy tribesman who did you this favor. This is your badge.
sir. sir. I assumed. sir? (Fade to black) End of Act I Page 48 . See to his comforts. I’ve an unblemished yearling. (INNKEEPER exits with DAVID’s cup. (Snaps fingers) Sara. sir.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: How did you know that? INNKEEPER: Know what. considers) Have you any lamb? INNKEEPER: Bless you.Hear the music >>> http://goo. I’ll fill your cup personally. sir? DAVID: (Studies INNKEEPER’s face. Have you eaten. I’ve a nice wine you’ll like. Give me your cup. Coming right up. sir? DAVID: That I don’t have to be anywhere till tomorrow. INNKEEPER: Oh that. SERVING GIRL bows) SERVING GIRL: Wash your feet. Freshly killed and bled. attend the gentleman. since you didn’t rush out like the other gentleman.
it won’t happen. It'll be a terrific morale booster. don’t worry. your highness. it’s a no brainer. we have just the guy. But they kept saying. I said. it’s a lead pipe cinch. SAUL sits on throne. isn’t he? They said. They said. I don’t know about this. he’s a war hero. Send him out to the army bases. Isn’t that what I said? SAUL’S AIDE: Yes. They said. Giant Killer Shoots Breeze With Troops. I said. A large wall mirror. They told me. He takes his place next to SAUL’S AIDE) It’ll be in all the papers. vigor and pizzazz around here. I don’t know about this. what if he starts grandstanding? They said. he’ll knock ’em dead. we need some vim. I don’t know about this. SAUL: Then someone got the notion to send him to the front. your highness. They said. he’s wasted playing the guitar. brooding. straightening his robe and wiping food from his lips. you’re the king. I said. And I said. Mandate of Heaven certificate above throne. this young war hero. don’t worry.gl/DBqI4p Act II Act II Scene 1 (At rise: throne room. I don’t know about this. SAUL’s Palace. Isn’t that what I said? Isn’t it? SAUL’S AIDE: Yes. I said. (SATAN quietly enters. goes to mirror. Page 49 .Hear the music >>> http://goo. SATAN: Uh yes. examines himself critically) They told me things would improve if I summoned him to court. your highness. SAUL’S AIDE stands nearby) SAUL: (Stands.
becoming a hero all over again. SAUL HAS KILLED HIS THOUSANDS DAVID LAUGHED AND SPAT I HAVE KILLED MY TENS OF THOUSANDS WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT? NOW DAVID TOLD US TO RUN FAST TO TRAP THE ENEMY WE SET OUR AMBUSH AT THE PASS AND WON THE VICTORY Page 50 . doing a sword dance) WE ALL PACKED UP OUR DIDDY BAGS AND WITH OUR CAPS IN HAND WE MOUNTED UP OUR DADDY’S NAG AND CROSSED THE BURNING SAND. comparing him to me. SAUL HAS KILLED HIS THOUSANDS DAVID LAUGHED AND SPAT I HAVE KILLED MY TENS OF THOUSANDS WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT? WE FOUGHT ‘EM IN ARABIA WE FOUGHT ‘EM BY THE SEA FOUGHT OUR WAY TO AFRICA AND CAUGHT A CHIMPANZEE. the girls sing a new song. in the streets outside. In short. who knows why. driving the Amalekites and Philistines into the sea. he’s out there commanding troops.Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p SAUL: Suddenly. (Enter two GIRLS) It’s starting to get on my nerves. winning battles. WE WENT TO JOIN WITH DAVID’S CREW ALL GLORY TO THE LORD RAN THE BAD GUYS THROUGH AN' THROUGH PUT 'EM TO THE SWORD. GIRLS: (Sings. Who appointed him without consulting me? And now. recovering lost territory.
Enter DAVID in military uniform. I was right all along. He is accompanied by a HOLY MAN in beard and long flowing robe. your grace. I must say you surprise us with this sudden and delightfully unannounced visit. (A flourish of trumpets. DAVID salutes SAUL) DAVID: Hail. DAVID: They are not my victories. is all. But God’s. shiny boots & medals on his chest. Door opens with loud noise. O King! (SATAN & SAUL’S AIDE bow low) SAUL: Welcome. Had we received advanced notice. laughing) SAUL: I was right. Any banquet should be in God’s honor. A passing phase. three weeks tops. Well. strewing flowers. everything’ll be as before. wasn’t I? SATAN: (Clears throat) It’s a fad. David. we would have had a banquet prepared in honor of your great and unexpected victories. In two weeks. HOLY MAN: Amen to that! Page 51 .Hear the music >>> http://goo. David’s today’s flavor.gl/DBqI4p GIRLS(Cont): SAUL HAS KILLED HIS THOUSANDS DAVID LAUGHED AND SPAT I HAVE KILLED MY TENS OF THOUSANDS WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT? (Exit GIRLS. your royal highness. GIRLS enter.
Someday. With overwhelming victories over our mortal enemies. SAUL: What’s that supposed to mean? SATAN: Uh I uh . (DAVID & HOLY MAN bow and proceed up an aisle through the THEATRE AUDIENCE. honor and derring-do. This is in the nature of a stroke of good fortune or a happy conjunction of celestial bodies. my lord. you’ve elevated your station with reference to us from Court Musician to Army Commander. As some might say. Return to us this evening and dine with us and regale us with tales of courage. I hope to see a temple erected to His glory. DAVID: Some may say so. HOLY MAN: Amen! DAVID: Just as He guided that fateful stone from my sling to the center of Goliath’s dome.Page 52 . would attribute same to my trust in God to guide my sword true. however. HOLY MAN: Amen! SAUL: We pray it will be as you say. The events of late touching on things military have gladdened every heart in the realm. SATAN clears throat) SATAN: Isn’t David’s personal piety instructive? You see him always accompanied by a Holy Man. it amazes us that in such a short time.gl/DBqI4p SAUL: Nevertheless.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DAVID: As your majesty commands. Others.
Million to one. It’s a. He couldn’t. God may hear. SAUL: God doesn’t listen. Between us. It’s a what? SATAN: A logistical improbability. passes a collection basket amongst the THEATRE AUDIENCE) SAUL’S AIDE: Oh look! Now they’re taking up a collection.gl/DBqI4p SAUL: Were you taking a shot at me just now? Was that a veiled criticism of me for NOT having holy men in the Palace? Was that your point? SATAN: Oh no. Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly” (Grins in triumph) Psalm Three. (Quotes from memory) “Thou hast smitten mine enemies upon the cheek bone. (HOLY MAN stops at an audience row. I’d never say that. SAUL: Exactly! A logistical uh. Whatever. Even if He wanted to. HOLY MAN: On the contrary. Highness. Sir King. your grace. HOLY MAN: Contribute to the temple fund! Give to the Giant Killer’s temple fund! SAUL: (Stage whisper. to SATAN & SAUL'S AIDE) About that giant killer matter. that was a lucky shot. Sir King! It had nothing to do with luck. I think I know a lucky shot when I see one! HOLY MAN: Have a care with your words.Hear the music >>> http://goo. I have my doubts. SAUL: Old man. Page 53 . It was divine intervention! As it is written.
SATAN: Strictly behind-the-scenes. (Sings) IF YOU LISTEN TO THE WICKED IF YOU LISTEN TO THE PROUD THEY WILL SAY THAT GOD IS DISTANT THEY WILL SAY HE’S ON A CLOUD THEY WILL SAY HE’S IN HIS HEAVEN AND HE’S REALLY QUITE BENIGN ALL THAT FIRE’S AN ILLUSION ALL THAT FIRE’S IN YOUR MIND THEY WILL SAY THAT YOU’RE BEWITCHÉD THAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH A PHASE THEY WILL WRITE YOU A PRESCRIPTION TO DAMPEN DOWN THE BLAZE BUT I KNOW OF MY GOD HE IS EVERYWHERE IF I FLY TO THE MOON HE WILL FOLLOW ME THERE IF I RIDE ON THE WIND HE INHABITS THE AIR ALL AROUND ME IF I SINK IN THE SEA I NEED NEVER DESPAIR TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HE WILL ANSWER MY PRAYER HE’S MY SWORD.gl/DBqI4p HOLY MAN: Oh really? Tell us more. wicked talk. Wicked. Look how he works poor old Samuel like a rented mule! HOLY MAN: This is wicked talk! Wicked! DAVID: Yes. HE’S MY SPEAR THOUGH A MILLION MAY DARE TO SURROUND ME Page 54 . SAUL: God is strictly big picture. SAUL: Exactly. A classic delegator.Hear the music >>> http://goo. broad-brush all the way.
SAUL aims it at DAVID) SAUL’S AIDE: Oh no! Here we go again! Another bust up. SATAN grins. your grace. SAUL: That traitor! Did you hear him? He took a shot at me! I was right! He’s after my job! (SAUL’S AIDE ducks. HOLY MAN: (Extends hand to DAVID) Quick! Grab my hand! SAUL: (Hurls spear at DAVID) You traitor! Take that! Page 55 . NOT A BOW WITHOUT AN ARROW (Eyes SAUL) OR A KING WITHOUT A CROWN. MAKE IT FLY FROM A TO B? IF IF HE HE YOU TRUST HIM TO PROTECT YOU YOU HONOR ALL HIS WAYS WILL BE THERE TO DIRECT YOU WILL GUIDE YOU ALL YOUR DAYS SO BE ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW IN YOUR DAILY UPS AND DOWNS. hands SAUL a spear.gl/DBqI4p DAVID(Cont): HERE’S A STORY TO CONSIDER IT’S ABOUT A LITTLE BOY TOOK A PEBBLE FROM THE RIVER AND GOLIATH WAS DESTROYED DID THAT PEBBLE FROM THE RIVER HAVE SOME SACRED QUALITY? DID THE HAND OF GOD DELIVER.Hear the music >>> http://goo. SAUL: WHAT did he say?!? SAUL’S AIDE: Peace. remember your blood pressure.
Spear flies through air. But. A long silence. SAUL: What are you saying? No no. Have the servants clean this place up. Recognizing his piety and his military prowess. I want to go over the menu. THUNKKK! sticks in wall. It’s a mess. But. That’s impossible. We need to prepare for it. Fade to black) End of Scene Page 56 . Everyone frozen in place. Who put that spear in the wall? SAUL’S AIDE: Your highness? SAUL: I want this hall spic & span.gl/DBqI4p (DAVID & HOLY MAN exit in a rush. Now quickly. Come on. not knowing what SAUL will do. (Starts to exit) And send the cooks. SAUL’S AIDE: But. You just threw that spear at David. We’re having a banquet tonight in David’s honor. I did no such thing. SATAN grins an evil grin. your highness.Hear the music >>> http://goo. SATAN smiles) SAUL: (Picks up a rag. SAUL’S AIDE looks quizzically at SATAN. Let’s get this hall cleaned up. (SAUL exits. The eyes of SAUL’S AIDE fearful. wipes his brow) All right. You’re wrong. I don’t think he’s about to.
Hear the music >>> http://goo. David's story gets repeated. a holy place. It’s an obsession. a censer burns incense. They sing & dance before idol) GIRLS 1 & 2: O LORD IN THIS CITY THOU LOVEST BE THOU AT PEACE O LORD IN THY TEMPLE IN THIS CITY THOU LOVEST BE THOU AT PEACE O LORD IN THY HOUSE IN THY TEMPLE IN THIS CITY THOU LOVEST BE THOU AT PEACE Page 57 . a term which seems to be connected. He enforces strict rules on his fighters. HOLY MAN. In center. reads) “Warriors are spoken of as consecrated. dons garb of a city elder as he speaks) He's up there in the hills with his men. Enter SATAN with book. DAVID.” (Lights out on DAVID/WARRIOR space. stands away) SATAN: David’s becoming increasingly religious. and the camp of the warriors. That's how legends grow. WARRIOR 2 sit cross-legged in circle facing inward. Saul keeps trying to kill him. He’s collecting materials for this temple of his. three chairs & open umbrellas behind two of the chairs. WARRIOR 1. Main gate of city. GIRLS 1 & 2 in robes and holding bouquets enter.gl/DBqI4p Act II Scene 2 (At rise: A space. Idol of city god. (Lights up. Table. but with the idea that war itself is holy. two unlit candles & two empty vases on altar. (Opens book. Every time he fails. SATAN closes book. not merely with the use of sacred ceremonies at the opening of a military campaign.
Absolutely breathtaking. Excellent. PLEASE LISTEN AND FROM THY HEART THOU SPEAKETH TO US AND FROM THY MOUTH THOU SPEAKETH TO US AND FROM THY LIPS THOU SPEAKETH TO US FOR THOU LIFTEST UP THE TORCH OF GOODNESS EXALT THY HEART EXALT THY HEART AND THOU HAST DESTROYED THE DENS OF EVIL EXALT THY HEART EXALT THY HEART AND THOU RAINEST FIRE ON THOSE WHO HARM US EXALT THY HEART EXALT THY HEART EXALT THY HEART THY HEART (ELDERS 1 & 2 enter. (MESSENGER enters. SATAN joins them) ELDER1: Excellently done. out of breath) What news? Page 58 . virgins of Bethsaida.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Wasn’t it breathtaking? SATAN: It was breathtaking. Such a lovely dance. applauding. light candles and kneel at altar) ELDER2: Our town god is pleased.gl/DBqI4p GIRLS 1 & 2(Cont): INTO THY HOUSE ALL GOOD IS CENTERED INTO THY HOUSE THY HANDMAIDS ENTER INTO THY HOUSE SEE HOW IT GLISTENS INTO THY HOUSE OUR PRAYER. (GIRLS 1 & 2 put flowers in vases.
the bodies to be stripped. Page 59 . SATAN: This is very bad. Very bad. They swear by his name. (Whispers) He sacks a town. SATAN: The dowry is no doubt the loot from the cities he’s taken. a prince? MESSENGER: It seems so. lawless man in the land. my lord.gl/DBqI4p MESSENGER: David approaches. ELDER1: Six hundred?! MESSENGER: He’s recruited every desperate. That he’s coming here means he has not yet looted enough. ELDER1: Oh God help us! SATAN: And what other news have you? MESSENGER: King Saul has offered to make David his son-in-law. He is on his way to Gibeah with a dowry to claim the hand of the Princess. MESSENGER: He is coming with six hundred picked men. ELDER2: We were hopeful he would pass us by. He keeps nothing.Hear the music >>> http://goo. he causes the homes to be looted. We burned extra sacrifices for that purpose. They fight like lions for him. debt-ridden. SATAN: What?! David? David. Are you certain? MESSENGER: He is indeed coming here. He gives everything to his men.
(Sings) YOU GET ONE CHANCE IT’S YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE YOU GET ONE CHANCE KEEP YOUR CHATTELS AND YOUR WIFE DO IT AND SAVE OUR CITY WE’LL BE MUCH OBLIGED BOTCH IT AND MORE’S THE PITY KISS IT ALL GOOD-BYE ELDER1: YOU GET ONE EITHER GIVE YOU GET ONE HE’S A WOLF CHANCE IT OR HE TAKES CHANCE INSIDE A SNAKE ELDER2: ONE CHANCE AND OUR WALLS ARE FLAT ONE CHANCE. Page 60 . With David. SATAN: Are you crazy? He’ll think we’ve got the best hidden away. ELDER1: That’s very sensible. you get one chance. He’ll go easy on us. So many cities has he looted and burned. If we voluntarily do it. we’ll save him the time and trouble.gl/DBqI4p (MESSENGER bows and exits) ELDER1: What should we do? ELDER2: I say we collect all the gold and silver and have it ready and waiting for him. We have no choice.Hear the music >>> http://goo. ELDER2: Listen to me. He’ll torture us to death trying to find it. WE’RE ENSLAVED ELDER1: ONE CHANCE SPARES OUR ZIGGURAT ONE CHANCE AND WE'RE OKAY.
And my poor daughter. ELDER1: When ants come. What will our children think? I say. What of her? David’s men will ravish her and sell her into slavery. SATAN: David’s no ant. It angers them. SATAN: He is going to strip us naked.gl/DBqI4p ELDER1: YOU GET ONE CHANCE TO SEE OUR CITY THRIVE ELDER2: YOU GET ONE CHANCE TO GET OUT OF THIS ALIVE! ELDER1 & ELDER2: IT'S ONE CHANCE TO KEEP ON GROWING ONE CHANCE FOR THE SEEDS WE'RE SOWING ONE CHANCE. ELDER2: We must show him all due respect. IT'S ALL WE GET! SATAN: This has disaster written all over it. we close the gates and prepare a defence. I feel it in my bones. ELDER2: Will you shut up? ELDER1: We must show him courtesy. We should show him we’re men. don’t step on them. We should fight him. IT'S SO TOUCH AND GOING ONE CHANCE. I should never have consented to be a town elder. David’s going to sack us. ELDER1: Out of the question! No! ELDER2: Unthinkable! Page 61 . I should have stayed a simple jeweler.Hear the music >>> http://goo.
Peace in our time. Enter DAVID & HOLY MAN. SATAN: Then we should recruit an assassin from among our young men and send him to David’s camp pretending to be a deserter. Quick! Have the girls receive him. gentlemen. This is not good. SATAN: This is not good at all. GIRLS 1 & 2 stand. each goes to a chair & stands behind it holding up an umbrella shading it. (To AUDIENCE) And who knows? A stray arrow shot from the city wall might find its mark. ELDER2 & SATAN kneel) DAVID: Thank you. Page 62 . (ELDER 2 snaps his fingers. ELDER2: No! You’re outvoted. (ELDERS scoop ashes onto their heads) ELDER1: Welcome to our worthless community. We can only negotiate from strength. ELDER1: Stop talking like a fool. (Indicates idol) I have faith. ELDER1. A new space lights up with a table and five chairs.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: Listen to me! Close the gates. And bye-bye David.Hear the music >>> http://goo. ELDER2: Yes! He will give us peace with honor. Our city god will watch over us. (A trumpet flourish) ELDER1: David arrives.
Not on an empty stomach. DAVID: I understand you counseled resistance. it seems you have a jeweler on your town council. Lord David! ELDER2: We were about to have him executed. DAVID: Please.gl/DBqI4p ELDER2: Welcome to our poor and unlucky town. O David. ELDER2: And alas. Lord David. It’s seems I’m the unlucky one. Am I the harbinger of financial crisis? Well? And even with this so-called poverty. gentlemen. Which of you is the jeweler? SATAN: I am. I am a man like you. Every city I enter claims to be in a deep economic depression. How can this be? How could he thrive in such unhappy times? That’s all right. Page 63 . ELDER2: The tax base has shrunk to a mere fraction. DAVID: No. I didn’t expect an answer. Do not call me Lord. O David. And no talk of execution. And I understand he does quite well.Hear the music >>> http://goo. ELDER2: It was very wicked of him! ELDER1: We overruled him. the wells are running dry. ELDER1: People are leaving. DAVID: Poor? Worthless? Unlucky? When did this happen? ELDER1: The caravans go elsewhere.
We have a meal ready. (ELDER1 & ELDER2 exit. ELDER1: Yes. HOLY MAN sit. ELDER1: We are. (GIRL2 behind DAVID gasps) Page 64 . but . You’re with me. The ELDERS & SATAN sit in the other chairs) ELDER1: You see? Our daughters provide shade for you. Feed them first. Immediately. keep your friends close. ELDER2: But . Lord. Yes. ELDER2: And the women have prepared a feast as you have never . I mean. your enemies closer.DAVID: Gentlemen. Sound advice. O David. (ELDERS indicate chairs where GIRLS 1 & 2 hold umbrellas. DAVID: Jeweler. Sit. you. O David! Where are our manners? Please. Stay. I like fighters. or you’ll see firsthand how worthless this false god of yours is.(HOLY MAN dozes off in chair) DAVID: Feast? I thought you said you were poor.gl/DBqI4p ELDER1: A thousand pardons. I have 600 hungry men.Hear the music >>> http://goo.DAVID: Feed them. You’re a fighter. DAVID: Lovely. DAVID. frightened) There’s an old Edomite saying.
GIRL2: Yes. (SATAN nods to GIRL2.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: O David. O David. Let me go bury him first. DAVID: (He’s visibly attracted. yes sir. who comes to the front) What’s your name. DAVID: Have her come around front where I can view her. DAVID: They'll get along fine without you. SATAN sees this) Don't call me Lord. Get used to it. DAVID: Let her speak. O David. my lord. Is this your daughter behind me? SATAN: Yes. girl? SATAN: Sefira. I have a wife and children.Hear the music >>> http://goo. That's a Moabite name.I mean. Page 65 . jeweler. my lor . SATAN: My father just passed away. DAVID: It’s fixed with a nail. (HOLY MAN suddenly awakens) HOLY MAN: Let the dead bury the dead! SATAN: And my poor daughter.. You’re David’s man. Sefira. What is your name? GIRL2: Sefira.
Most forward thinking of you. DAVID: Indeed she is. who is fourteen. For she is most accomplished. Are you spoken for? SATAN: She has no fiancé. My intention is to permit my daughter to make her own choices in life. I swear by the hands of our town god! DAVID: Let her speak. (HOLY MAN smiles weakly. Skilled in all the feminine arts.Hear the music >>> http://goo. the Lady Ruth’s name is famous in Moab. sir. It’s. Sefira. dozes back off) Page 66 . Tell me. I’m not betrothed. DAVID: A revolutionary concept. peace. Is this true. Sefira? SATAN: It is true. As is my daughter. (HOLY MAN suddenly awakens) HOLY MAN: Arts. The Lady Ruth. Famous! The Lady Ruth was known for her beauty. Not like the traditional ones. I’m a modern man. SATAN: Oh. It’s true. O David. bah! Feminine wiles! They are not arts. My father’s grandmother. but wiles! DAVID: Peace.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: My great-grandmother was Moabite. SATAN: But soon she will be. padre. O David. and the apple of my eye. GIRL2: Yes.
O David! DAVID: I’m to be the King’s son-in-law.” jeweler? SATAN: Oh.Hear the music >>> http://goo. a superlative suitor will come and claim her. Page 67 . I’m pledged to the Royal Princess. I. offers it to DAVID. You’ll be like his son. SATAN: (Pretending he doesn’t already know) Oh! Congratulations. I was merely expressing regret that the most able man in the realm. (He takes out a diamond and a silver ring missing its stone) Think of my dear Sefira as a fine polished diamond lacking only a worthy mounting. In fact. SATAN: King Saul’s daughter’s husband. DAVID: Almost? What do you mean “almost. (SATAN sets diamond in ring. DAVID: Just as well. Be assured it was a breathtaking exhibition. yourself. A high honor. Almost. SATAN: Heaven forbid. I meant his majesty has four sons. O David. Only a matter of time. heard her sing. Fruit of the royal loins. You would have seen her dance. I get the impression this is all being said for my benefit. (She blushes) I know this. A moot point anyway. who takes it) DAVID: Somehow. I’m on my way to wed her. will have no hope of ever wearing the crown.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: A pity you were not here earlier. Any day now. Think in terms of a proud parent waxing eloquent on the virtues of a child. Even. Dare I say it? Angelic. It is nothing more than that.
Hear the music >>> http://goo. it’s hard to see any advantage. Say straight what you mean and do not stray from the beaten path. for a man like yourself. after you perform your duty with respect to the Princess. your son will have a claim to the throne. SATAN: The younger. God’s ways are unfathomable. God knows I've tried. If the Princess bears you a son. but the truth you pursue wends its way through marsh and quicksand. DAVID: (Sword pointed at SATAN’s throat) I love truth. Well. I spoke as I did because you are a well-known lover of truth. DAVID: (Takes out his sword. Hmmm. GIRLS 1 & 2 gasp) You speak too boldly for a mere jeweler! SATAN: A thousand pardons. One can always hope for a miracle. But having sons is such an iffy matter. O David! Forgive me.gl/DBqI4p (DAVID silently glares at SATAN) SATAN: But perhaps. (HOLY MAN suddenly awakens) HOLY MAN: Happy the man whose wife gives him sons! SATAN: Is your espoused the elder or younger daughter? DAVID: The younger. HOLY MAN: Amen to that! (HOLY MAN dozes off again) SATAN: Still. Page 68 .
Page 69 . DAVID: What should I do with the dowry I've gathered? SATAN: Why. SATAN: In the hills with your men. beholden to the King and his daughter. fear you. great and small. jeweler.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: O David! Please! It’s difficult to speak one’s mind with a sword at one’s throat! DAVID: And nigh impossible with one’s throat cut through! SATAN: Yes. You strike where you will. all right. you are a dread force. You. David needs no link to royal blood. For the strings of your harp. Or give it to the poor. You said with reference to this unworthy one. Only please don’t chop my head off. All. whoever you wish. Yes. you’ll be alone. For the cloak on your back. DAVID: You have a gift for flattery. is his intention not to keep you close at hand? DAVID: (Withdraws sword slightly) Go on. your enemies closer. jeweler? SATAN: You are David. DAVID: Then what is your advice. take what you want. And her brothers. keep your friends close. David’s blood is richer by far. But at the palace. For the food on your plate. who then should I marry? SATAN: Why.Hear the music >>> http://goo. But is that not the king’s strategem? By marrying you to the princess. keep it. If not the Princess.
DAVID: (Puts sword away) Well. takes a large bag from the floor and holds it up) DAVID: Not gold. Gold. sir! (DAVID snaps his fingers. I’m bringing two hundred just to be on the safe side. Sefira. Perhaps a king. GIRL1 follows. suddenly awake again.gl/DBqI4p Really. jewels. I can imagine a sum sufficient to ransom a princess. If it were these. silver. Sefira. The HOLY MAN. Not diamonds. How would you feel if your beau brought you these as a token of his affection? (GIRL2 puts hands over mouth as if about to vomit. Both GIRLS exit. The loot of a hundred sacked cities. You know what they say about assuming. These are foreskins cut from dead Philistines. would you like to see this dowry? GIRL2: Oh yes. DAVID: And what have I gathered? SATAN: Riches beyond counting. runs from table.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Fade to black) End of Scene Page 70 . DAVID: And you’ve seen this with your own eyes? SATAN: One can only assume. the bag would be too heavy for him. SATAN hangs his head in defeat. GIRL2’s eyes express shock) The price the King set for the Princess’ hand in marriage was one hundred. Not silver. (SATAN blanches. Tell me.
He knows Saul will hear long before David arrives at court. It wasn’t done for our benefit. They have him cornered up north at Jezreel. a Philistine military officer. Lights up. a man doesn’t let another man take a knife to his family jewels without a fight.gl/DBqI4p Act II Scene 3 (At rise: WARRIOR1 & WARRIOR2 sit in meditation. they’ll let just about anyone join the Philistine Army. Boring work. They in turn pledge their lives and honor to him. Oh. (Drawing closer to AUDIENCE. DAVID gives each a gift. WARRIOR1 & WARRIOR rise. Enter SATAN in black robe) SATAN: He’s gaining strength. Enter NASIB. but for Saul’s. He assumed one of those Philistines would kill David. David knew it was Saul’s plan that he should die. My men and I escorted King Achish’s brigade up from Gath. He thought he wouldn’t have to. He knows Saul has spies. speaking of Saul. Enter ABIMELECH) ABIMELECH: Is that Nasib? Just pathetic! I tell you. Between them. They spread his holy war with zeal. by the way. Did you detect the mocking tone in his voice? You did? So did I. After all. (Fade to black. a censer burns incense. He practices sword thrusts. (WARRIOR1 & WARRIOR2 exit) That matter about the foreskins. hugs them. Page 71 . NASIB: Abimelech! You son of a gun! Good to see you! ABIMELECH: How are you? Just arrived. (DAVID enters with HOLY MAN. The fact of the matter is. WARRIOR1 & WARRIOR2 salute) He rewards his warriors. I can feel his confidence and his certitude building day by day. seems the Philistines have finally turned the tables on him.Hear the music >>> http://goo. as if to share a secret with them) Saul never planned to wed his daughter to David.
NASIB: Really odd about Achish and David. All very neat. We’re tightening the noose. And this time we’re doing it right. he went ballistic. pal. Achish got his butt chewed. ABIMELECH: Speaking of giants. guess who was with Achish? David. But it doesn’t matter.gl/DBqI4p NASIB: Boredom’s over.O. David repays with loot. ABIMELECH: Two bugs in a rug. when the C. Only thing that saved David from imprisonment or worse was he’s King Achish’s friend. Anyway. ABIMELECH: He’s still married to the Princess. saw David and Achish together. Saul keeps trying to kill him.Hear the music >>> http://goo. (Sings) NOW THIS IS STRICTLY HEARSAY BUT OH HOW TRUE IT RINGS AND DON’T YOU DARE REPEAT IT DON’T YOU SAY A THING A FILE STAMPED “TOP SECRET” WITH DAVID’S NAME INSIDE THEREIN REPORTS OF MURDER HINTS OF GENOCIDE IT’S DAVID’S BAND OF BULLIES THEY’RE STIRRING UP A FIGHT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT NOTHING COMES TO LIGHT NASIB: IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF THIS THIS QUEER COVERT BUSINESS DAVID AND KING ACHISH MAKE A STRANGE SYNTHESIS Page 72 . No more Goliaths or any giants. We got King Saul trapped up ahead. NASIB: David's with us? I thought he was Saul’s son-in-law. Achish gives David sanctuary in his city. David uses Gath for raids. gave David five seconds to scram. Just plain old time-tested military tactics. Gath. All very hush-hush.
gl/DBqI4p ABIMELECH: WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. ABIMELECH: Ye Gods! The priests opposed to Saul? And two annointings? Two kings? That’s crazy! Page 73 . DID HE SEE A NEW SOULMATE? NASIB & ABIMELECH: WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. DID HIS HEARTBEAT PALPITATE WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. DID HIS REASONING TAKE FLIGHT WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. IT WAS HOW THE STORY RAN. WAS HE WONDROUSLY AWESTRUCK? NASIB: There’s one other thing. WAS IT. DID HE ARGUE WITH HIS FATE WHEN DAVID SANG A BALLAD. DID HE MARVEL AT HIS LUCK WITH DAVID’S STAR A'RISING AND KING SAUL'S DOWN IN THE MUCK WITH DAVID LIKE AN EAGLE AND OLD SAUL A SITTING DUCK WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DID HE SHIVER WITH DELIGHT WHEN DAVID WAXED POETIC. DID HE SAY THIS TO HIS MAN TELL ME WHO’S THAT LOVELY LAD WITH BLOODSTAINS ON HIS HAND AND TELL ME DID HE LEARN HIS TRADE FROM SOME TRAGEDIAN WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. Samuel. annointed David. NASIB: WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. DID HE WITH HIS HEART DEBATE DID HE WRESTLE WITH HIS VIRTUE. DID HE MARVEL AT THE SIGHT WHEN DAVID STRUMMED HIS LYRE. “THAT’S MY MISTER RIGHT!” ABIMELECH: WHEN ACHISH FIRST SAW DAVID. before he died. ABIMELECH: Indeed? NASIB: Their shaman.
Lights up. come quick! Look.gl/DBqI4p NASIB: If it’s so. Saul’s priests have packed up and fled. He’s whipping the people up for holy war.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DAUGHTER does housework. Philistine reinforcements are pouring in. The Philistines are at Shunem. dusty from a long walk) DAUGHTER: Papa! It’s Papa! Mama. large occult artwork hanging on wall. As fate would have it. Her home’s represented by door and table. Saul is desperate. She’d been his lover and the mother of his child. Enter SATAN. here. Soldiers are starting to desert. one of his chief aides has been secretly protecting a witch. I don’t like being used. NASIB: Ah! No more politics. It explains all this talk of building a temple. He just doesn’t know it. Sound of a distant rumbling which continues to end of scene) So here we are at Mount Gilboa. my friend. He needs to know God’s Will. it’s Papa! SAUL’S AIDE: Oh precious. it means David has designs on the crown. PSYCHIC’s home at Endor near battlefield. Fade to black. Let’s focus on King Saul! ABIMELECH: Yes! Poor Saul! A dead man. PSYCHIC sits in chair. (They exit. Hebrew morale is dropping. Enter SAUL’S AIDE. (Map disappears. knitting. Come on. A game within a game. dressed again as a court official) SATAN: (Map appears. Saul’s camp is here at Jezreel. right here. Page 74 . So good to see you. She lives seven miles from Jezreel at Endor. ABIMELECH: And he’s using us to topple Saul. Such a big girl. The Philistine Confederacy in a united front to defeat Saul once and for all. Forget about David. Exit SATAN. three chairs.
DAUGHTER: Oh. Now go to your room. dear. Now go. PSYCHIC: She’s ten now. DAUGHTER: I want you to stay! SAUL’S AIDE: Look what I brought you. SAUL’S AIDE: And the lamb? Page 75 . thank you. Thank you for that. SAUL’S AIDE: Seems just yesterday she was so . dear. (DAUGHTER exits) SAUL’S AIDE: She’s growing like a weed. Papa! Mama. And you? SAUL’S AIDE: Good.(He stops himself) How are you getting on? PSYCHIC: Good.gl/DBqI4p DAUGHTER: Are you going to stay. precious. look what Papa gave me! PSYCHIC: That’s nice. PSYCHIC: I got the wheat and the beans. DAUGHTER: Can I come down later? PSYCHIC: Of course.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Papa? Are you? SAUL’S AIDE: I must talk to your mommy.
PSYCHIC: Who? SAUL’S AIDE: An important man. I’ll be back later. PSYCHIC: What does he want? SAUL’S AIDE 2: Just do as he asks. For our country’s sake. Your little girl stuffed herself. Very soon.Hear the music >>> http://goo. PSYCHIC: I want you to stay the night. He’ll ask you to use your conjuring skills. PSYCHIC: Oh God! You didn’t! You didn’t tell about me! Did you? SAUL’S AIDE: It’s for the country. That distant rumbling frightens her. SAUL’S AIDE: You’re to have a visitor. PSYCHIC: But the King’s law! SAUL’S AIDE: You won’t be arrested.gl/DBqI4p PSYCHIC: Already slaughtered. PSYCHIC: When? SAUL’S AIDE: Soon. Are you staying the night? SAUL’S AIDE: I have to tie up some loose ends. Page 76 . And me.
Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p
Who is he?
(SAUL'S AIDE 2 kisses her passionately)
Who is he?
(SAUL'S AIDE 2 exits)
Come back soon! What does he think? Do they think
it’s a matter of waving my arms and poof? Like
anything, to do it right, you need preparation.
DO THEY THINK IT’S A MATTER OF SNAPPING MY FINGERS
DO THEY THINK IT’S A MATTER OF TAPPING ON A POST
DO THEY THINK IT’S A MATTER OF RECITING A JINGLE
IT’S A REALLY HARD BUSINESS TO CONJURE A GHOST
DO THEY KNOW WHAT’S REQUIRED IN MOUNTING A BROOMSTICK
DO THEY KNOW WHAT’S REQUIRED IN GETTING THE MOST
DO THEY KNOW WHAT’S REQUIRED IN WORKING THE MAGIC
IT’S A REALLY HARD BUSINESS TO CONJURE A GHOST
CONTROL YOUR BREATHING
TO BE RELAXED
CONTROL YOUR EATING
YOUR TUMMY FLAT.
CONTROL YOUR THINKING
TO BE DETACHED
CONTROL YOUR BLINKING
TO FOCUS AT. AT. AT. AT. AT.
YOUR BODY HAS SURRENDERED TO SPIRIT
YOUR BODY IS BECOMING A HOST
YOUR BODY IS POSSESSED BY ANOTHER
BUSINESS TO CONJURE A GHOST.
(PSYCHIC starts to collect herbs. Enter
SAUL in disguise, SATAN dressed as a court
official & GENERAL in military garb)
Welcome to Endor, sirs.
Are you the witch?
I was once referred to as such. But nowadays I obey
the King's law to the letter.
Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p
Mommy? Who’s there? Can I come down?
No, dear. Stay in your room. Come and sit, sirs.
(They sit. PSYCHIC begins pouring tea)
I was told to expect you. How may I serve?
My master will ask you to conjure a spirit. We are
unfamiliar with the conjuring methodology. Is it done
sitting or standing?
It can be done either way, sir. I would prefer to sit.
Let her have your chair, General.
(GENERAL scowls, stands, gives his chair to
PSYCHIC, stands behind her. PSYCHIC sits)
Are you comfortable now?
Very well. Ready, sir.
Do you know who I am?
What you are about to do will directly impact our
country’s future. You love your country, don’t you?
Very well. Then do this. Conjure up the spirit of
the recently-deceased prophet and high priest.
You mean Samuel?!?
Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p
I mean none other.
That could be very dangerous, sir.
Nevertheless. Do it.
(She goes into trance. SAMUEL enters. SAUL
gasps at the sight, kneels)
Saul! Why have you disturbed me? What do you want?
The Philistines are attacking in great force. The Lord
God doesn’t answer me. Neither by prophets, nor by
dreams. So I called you. I must know.
If God has left you, what can I do?
You can talk to Him. He listens to you.
Damn it! I’m ordering you to!
Don't order me, little man! I don't work for you. If
you must know, here's how it is. The Lord has departed
from you. He's now your enemy. He's in the process of
taking the crown from you and giving it to David.
Because you failed Him! Oh yes, you failed Him. He
gave you a plan to defeat the Amalekites. You failed
to execute His plan. After that, He lost confidence in
you. Now Satan is with you
(SAMUEL looks at SATAN)
and very soon you will be lost. Farewell!
slipping past enemy pickets and scouts. to get here to Endor. You’re fatigued. GENERAL: Was it? Was it? Your highness. It’s over. You haven’t eaten. you’re open to the power of suggestion. Enter this quote witch.Hear the music >>> http://goo. GENERAL: You need sleep. But you can’t for there’s a battle to be fought. In your state. I am. SAUL: I can’t believe it. GENERAL: You’re on edge. He meant it metaphorically. Highness. your highness.gl/DBqI4p (SAMUEL exits) SAUL: (Looking around panicky) Did he say Satan is with me? SATAN: Uh. SAUL: Yes. I’d swear to it. That was Samuel. you’re right. I’m ruined. Please think about your mental state after walking seven miles. I. (SATAN snaps his fingers over GENERAL’s head. Page 80 . SATAN smiles knowingly at AUDIENCE) GENERAL: How do we know this is real? SAUL: What do you mean? GENERAL: Do you think the likes of this woman can conjure up a high priest’s ghost at the snap of a finger? SAUL: That was Samuel. SAUL: Yes.
SATAN: (Grinning at AUDIENCE) David?! Why David? GENERAL: Who has means? Who has motive? Who has opportunity? It almost worked. I have intelligence that David is in the Philistine camp as King Achish’ guest. And on anyone else you deem necessary. (SAUL & GENERAL exit. Oh King. SATAN: Then who or what was it? GENERAL: A devil. (Hands a dagger to SATAN) Wait here.” All very convincing. a figment. (A hard look at SATAN) Your friend was protecting this woman. GENERAL: The perfect plot. I never trusted him. We’ll shock him. exact vengeance on that traitor. This quote work mate and the woman. GENERAL: More than possible! What you saw was not Samuel. SAUL: Well. a phantom. I say this is David’s work. (SATAN can barely contain his joy) We’ll surprise him tomorrow. When he returns. SATAN: Not my friend. it’s all over. And a figment of Samuel rising from the mist babbling “it’s over. yes! Yes.gl/DBqI4p SAUL: I will admit it’s possible. The kingdom’s in danger. Too convincing. a demon.Hear the music >>> http://goo. put me in charge now. He’s worse than Satan. With your consent. David’s using the Philistines and witchcraft. Just a work mate. of course! Take charge! GENERAL: I must get you back to the command center ASAP. PSYCHIC awakens) Page 81 .
a look of dread) I. And some beans. (Fade to black) End of Scene Page 82 . And bring your daughter down here. Be quick about it. SATAN: We’ve all had horrible dreams. I have some leftover lamb. Have you any food? PSYCHIC: (Sees dagger.gl/DBqI4p PSYCHIC: Oh. I’m hungry.Hear the music >>> http://goo. SATAN: Go prepare it. I had a horrible dream.
Enter AMALEKITE in with unfolded map and carrying a hatbox. Of course. If you’re not going to tell me why. sir! SATAN: Yes? AMALEKITE: I’m a poor wandering Amalekite. AMALEKITE: All right. Well. SATAN: I swear on my black robe. Swear it. you say. SATAN spreads map out. He is lost) AMALEKITE: Sir! Excuse me. Bring the map over here. sir. SATAN: Lord David. I’m sorry I was rude. SATAN: Well. sir. It’s personal. whistling. I’m trying to find Ziklag. AMALEKITE: That’s good enough for me. cleaning knife. In fact. then I see no reason to tell you where. Look. (Indicates hatbox) I have a gift and an important message for him. (AMALEKITE hands it to SATAN but keeps his distance. SATAN: Ziklag? Why do you want to go to Ziklag of all places? AMALEKITE: It. I’ll show you where Ziklag is. I seem to have lost my way.Hear the music >>> http://goo. scans it) Page 83 . I’ll tell you.gl/DBqI4p Act II Scene 4 (At Rise: SATAN in black robe on bare stage. that changes everything. But you must promise to repeat it to no one. I’m on my way to Ziklag to see Lord David.
Lights up on Command Center. Page 84 . (Enter MESSENGER. He keeps his distance) SATAN: When David was sent away from the Philistine camp. Look Now you cross the another seven miles here.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: Ah! See? Here’s where we are. he and his men headed south to his base at Ziklag. He salutes) What news? MESSENGER: It’s still a total news blackout up north. just prior to the big battle. How goes it. The Amalekites were killed. He found Ziklag burned and looted and all the goods and women taken away by Amalekite raiders. Lachish River. and it’s along this secondary road.Hear the music >>> http://goo. he dies. (SATAN stabs him. near King Achish’s city of Gath. Ahinoam and Abigail. A SOLDIER stands guard. men. JASHEN: Philistine blackout. (DAVID enters. including his two wives. He rescued the women. to away to see. You’re too far where I'm pointing. That bodes ill for Saul. in a General's uniform) VOICE OVER INTERCOM: Attention all hands! Captain’s on the bridge! (Everyone comes to attention) ELEAZAR: Sir! DAVID: As you were. SATAN enters wearing the AMALEKITE’s clothes. David gave chase. holding the hatbox. JASHEN & URIAH at the conn. Large military map of Israel & David’s star on wall. sir. Come close. ELEAZAR. But a few managed to escape and go north. Colonel Eleazar? ELEAZAR: Another long watch. Fade to black. here. caught up with them as they were dividing the spoils.
THROUGH AND THROUGH JUST LIKE MY KINFOLK I'M THE REAL MCCOY I’M NO ONE SPECIAL JUST A BETHLEHEM BOY FROM BETHLEHEM THAT’S WHERE I’M FROM WHERE MY SEED WAS SOWED I’M JUST AN AVERAGE. (Sings) I’M NOT YOUR LORD.gl/DBqI4p URIAH: The battle may yet be raging and not yet decided. Over for Saul. I’M JUST A MAN LIKE I ALWAYS BEEN I’M NOT SOME GOD COME DOWN TO EARTH TO BE YOUR FRIEND I CAN’T CHANGE WATER INTO WHISKEY. ELEAZAR: Doubtful. DAVID: Don’t call me Lord. There is only one Lord God. Two day battles are rare.Hear the music >>> http://goo. LEAVE ME ALONE FROM BETHLEHEM THAT’S WHERE I’M FROM THAT’S WHERE I’LL GO Page 85 . bring him to me. My Lord David. (To MESSENGER) If our scouts encounter anyone coming from the the Mount Gilboa area up north. Colonel Uriah. I do think it’s over. sir. And over for the tribe of Benjamin. HAPPY-GO-LUCKY SO-AND-SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE ME. MESSENGER: Yes. WALK AWAY. (MESSENGER salutes and exits) ELEAZAR: Nevertheless. SCOTCH OR GIN AN’ I AIN'T GONNA TALK ABOUT PEACE ON EARTH GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN ‘CAUSE I’M NO ONE SPECIAL I’M JUST LIKE YOU I’M NO ONE SPECIAL JUST A HEBREW.
he was coming from the north. Assume the position! SATAN: Aye. the SOLDIER pushing SATAN ahead of him) ELEAZAR: Who is this? SOLDIER: Sir.Hear the music >>> http://goo. And what says he? SOLDIER: He bears gifts and tidings for Lord David. (SATAN turns his back. throws it off to the side. I've a gift for Lord David. THROUGH AND THROUGH JUST LIKE MY KINFOLK I'M THE REAL MCCOY I’M NO ONE SPECIAL JUST A BETHLEHEM BOY (DAVID exits) VOICE OVER INTERCOM: Attention all hands! Captain’s departed the bridge! (SATAN begins to draw close) SOLDIER: You there! Who do you think you are? SATAN: An Amalekite. sir. Page 86 . SOLDIER: From up north. I’ve come from Mount Gilboa to give it to him. Then they enter Command Center. Resting my camel after a long trip from up north. finds knife.gl/DBqI4p DAVID(Cont): AN’ I’M NO ONE SPECIAL I’M JUST LIKE YOU I’M NO ONE SPECIAL JUST A HEBREW. you say? Mount Gilboa? Colonel Eleazar wants to have a chat with you. SOLDIER searches him. raises hands. ELEAZAR: From the north.
JASHEN: You swear on nothing! You're an abortion! Page 87 . He says it’s a gift. SATAN resists. JASHEN: He looks like someone up to no good.gl/DBqI4p JASHEN: These days. which means you’re a bandit and a bushwhacker. URIAH: The crown!? (All move away from box. opens it. drops box with a clang) Oh. puts a knife to his throat. all bear gifts and tidings for Lord David. SOLDIER’s presses knife tighter against SATAN’s throat) SATAN: Mercy! Have mercy on a poor sojourner! ELEAZAR: Sojourner. peers inside. I swear on Lord David's name . JASHEN takes box. Good Lord! ELEAZAR: What is it? JASHEN: It’s Saul's crown. sir. JASHEN: How did you get this? SATAN: My Lords. SOLDIER pulls SATAN away. ELEAZAR: What’s in the hatbox? SOLDIER: I did not look. my ass! You’re an Amalekite. as if it were dangerous to be near it) How did a dirty thief like you get the royal crown? (SATAN is silent. What’s in the box? Give it over! (JASHEN tries snatching it.Hear the music >>> http://goo.
URIAH. DAVID pours wine into a cup) Drink. SATAN: Thank you.gl/DBqI4p (Enter DAVID in robe and slippers) VOICE OVER INTERCOM: Attention all hands! Captain’s on the bridge! ELEAZAR: Sir! DAVID: As you were. My Lord. SOLDIER exit.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Can we belay the chatter? I can’t sleep. DAVID: Don’t call me Lord. Leave us this instant! (ELEAZAR. You look familiar. Do I know you from somewhere? SATAN: I can't see how you could. DAVID: Leave us. sir. Well well. opens it) DAVID: Why didn’t you awaken me? ELEAZAR: We were about to. gentlemen. sir. Sir. ELEAZAR: We were interrogating him. JASHEN. DAVID: From where do you come? Page 88 . DAVID: He brought us information? ELEAZAR: He brought us an object. (DAVID goes to box. a guest.
lest they drag me in chains to Gath and Askalon. Strange. DAVID: How did the crown of Saul end up with you? SATAN: I was not with the Philistines. DAVID: It didn’t disturb you killing the Lord’s Annointed? Page 89 . sir. The King shouted to me.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: From Mount Gilboa. The Philistines don’t usually recruit and bushwhackers. I was there by chance. You don’t speak the lingo. Heading north. pursued by Philistines. I saw many dead Israelites. “You there! Yes.” DAVID: And did you? SATAN: I did as he commanded. I’d rather an Amalekite had it than the Philistines. SATAN: Please don’t insult me. I will give you my crown as a reward. DAVID: I see. Those not dead or dying were fleeing. His own guardsmen had run off. Were you coming from the north or south? SATAN: From the south. sad day for our king.Hear the music >>> http://goo. You were up north at the battle. DAVID: But you don’t live up there. There were horsemen and chariots at a distance making ready to oppose him. SATAN: And I saw the King himself. you! Come here! Come and kill me. DAVID: A sad.
THEY DO GROVEL IN THEIR DREAD THEY WANT A CALL FOR ACTION FROM THE LEADER TO THE LED IT’S TIME TO FLY YOUR BANNER AND WHEN ALL IS DONE AND SAID IT’S TIME TO GO AND DO IT. Nothing is hidden. do not call me Lord. You know the saying. And now with King Saul gone. relating to your situation. You’re expecting a reward. (Sings) THE POPULATION TREMBLES. you’re imagining the gold jingling in your purse. MY LORD. SATAN: (Prostrates himself. You see all. Head on floor) O David. DO GO THE WAY THAT ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD SO GO AHEAD AND DO IT.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Lord.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: I did as I was commanded. Not for revenge. Central to my thinking was this. SET IT ON YOUR CURLY LOCKS FEEL IT RESTING THERE LOOK AROUND YOU. Already you’ve decided how to spend it. He was my Lord David's foe. there's a fateful connection. aiming to effect his death. PUT THE CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD. DAVID: Stop! Page 90 . PUT THE CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD. DAVID: I say again. Master. You read my mind so clearly. nature hates a vacuum. You’re like God. or for loot. SEE THEM GAWK SEE THEM STAND AND STARE THE TIMID MAN THREW DOWN HIS SWORD AND FROM THE FIELD FLED THE TOWNSMAN BURIES ALL HIS GOLD AND HIDES BENEATH THE BED BUT YOU. there is a void needing to be filled. Even now. But nevertheless.
The Philistine plan is to keep the fact of Saul’s death secret until all is in place to assure victory. You now know Saul is sleeping with his ancestors. weapons drawn. URIAH & SOLDIER enter on the run. unaware you are lighting a fire under the twelve tribes. Proclaim yourself! Do it now! DAVID: Stop! Stop it! SATAN: Lord! The Philistines will move slowly. URIAH: Typical cockroach. JASHEN. He scooped up the crown and fled south. You know the Jews will fight like lions for you. pull DAVID back) ELEAZAR: He’s dead.Hear the music >>> http://goo. He waited for it to be over. DAVID: He was at the battle. Lord David! Let the world know you are King and Lord and God! (DAVID takes his sword and plunges it many times into SATAN) DAVID: (Screaming as he stabs) Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop! (DAVID holds it up. watching blood drip off it. Strike now.gl/DBqI4p SATAN: You have the face of a God. You are God! You now have the crown. Then he crept forward and spied our king lying dead. cautiously. Lord! For the window will not be open long! Put the crown on. Put the crown on your head and show yourself to them and say what must be said. ELEAZAR. Hiding in the bushes. But now you know. He expected a reward. thanks to your poor servant. Page 91 . a fire to resound from Damascus to Babylon to Egypt. ELEAZAR: Typical rat. Now is the time to strike.
PUT DA CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD ELEAZAR: I BE NOT RICH OR FAMOUS. URIAH & SOLDIER: SEE IT GRACE YOUR CURLY LOCKS AS YOU WALK ON AIR THINK IT LIKE A BLUE-CHIP STOCK AN' YOU A BILLIONAIRE FAIR BE FAIR. DEY ALL SEE RED SO GO AHEAD AN’ DO IT.” SHE SAID HER DADDY SORE. YOU RUN TO HERE. NO PILLOW AN' NO BED. (DAVID takes crown. PUT DA CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD GO AHEAD AN’ DO IT. DA‘RISTOCRATS. PUT DA CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD JASHEN: A GIRL I FANCY IN THE TOWN. DEY RAGE. SLEEP ON DA GROUND INSTEAD IF YOU BE KING. hefts it in his hand.Hear the music >>> http://goo. PUT DA CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD ELEAZAR. reggae style) DESE MANY YEARS I FIGHT FOR YOU. “I SOONER SEE HER DEAD” IF YOU BE KING. “YOU’RE NOT FOR ME. I KNOW DAT I WOULD STAND IN HIS GOOD STEAD SO GO AHEAD AN’ DO IT. A PLACE TO CALL MY SPREAD SO GO AHEAD AN’ DO IT. JASHEN. PUT DA CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD. deep in thought) DAVID: What should be done with this? URIAH: (Sings. WE BEGGIN’ YOU TO GIVE OUR DAILY BREAD TO YOU WE PLEDGE OUR HONOR AN' FOR YOU OUR BLOOD WE SHED IT'S DIS FOR DAT & QUID PRO QUO & FOOD TO KEEP US FED SO GO AHEAD AN’ DO IT. Page 92 . I GET A HOME. PUT DA CROWN UPON YOUR HEAD GO AHEAD AN’ DO IT. I RUN TO DERE. AN’ NO NOBLE WAS I BRED GO PUT DIS DOWN ON PAPER DAT NO BLUE BLOOD HAVE I BLED IF YOU BE KING.gl/DBqI4p JASHEN: Typical snake. studies it. HE SAY TO ME.
That’s an order. URIAH: Wait.Hear the music >>> http://goo. An expectant hush) DAVID: Deliver this to King Saul’s kin with my condolences and my tears. for nothing. JASHEN.gl/DBqI4p (ELEAZAR. URIAH & SOLDIER watch him with anticipation. you two! You’re not giving him enough credit. ELEAZAR: What?! DAVID: Did you not hear me? ELEAZAR: Yes but. you don’t give it up. Now is the time to complete the revolution. Now is the time to strike! Now is the time to wear the crown! JASHEN: All these years. (DAVID exits) VOICE OVER INTERCOM: Attention all hands! Captain’s departed the bridge! ELEAZAR: Give it back?! What in blazes is he thinking about?! JASHEN: What have we been fighting for?! ELEAZAR: It falls into your hands. ELEAZAR: Oh? Page 93 . Colonel. But sir .DAVID: Do it.
He’s taking the high road. But answer me this. What if the people take it to mean he doesn’t want the crown? URIAH: Surely they wouldn’t think that. he improves his chances of becoming king by popular acclamation.Hear the music >>> http://goo. He’s making a show of being generous and honorable with Saul’s kin. DAVID’s star on front of podium. Silence will be maintained until sixteen hundred hours. It may be as you say. That is all. At seventeen hundred hours. Colonel Uriah. He’s giving the people a glimpse of his humane and compassionate side. Thus. would they? (Fade to black) VOICE OVER INTERCOM: Attention all hands! The smoking lamp is out. DAVID goes to podium) Parade-REST! (Sound of troops coming to parade rest) DAVID: (Sings) ON A BEACH SOMEWHERE IN PHILISTINE THE VIRGINS DANCE AND SING AS THE MEN OF GATH AND ASKELON THEIR PLUNDER HOME THEY BRING THERE’S A GOLD PENDANT FOR EV’RY GIRL A SILVER CUP FOR TEA AS THE MEN OF GATH AND ASKELON MARCH HOME IN VICTORY Page 94 . (Lights up. Enter DAVID in dress uniform) VOICE OVER INTERCOM: Compan-EE! Atten-HUT! (Sound of troops coming to attention. They wouldn't. ELEAZAR: All right. The uniform will be dress blues. there will be a memorial service for Saul of the tribe of Benjamin on the main deck.gl/DBqI4p URIAH: He’s playing a deep game.
to sound of warriors.gl/DBqI4p DAVID(Cont): IN THE HILLS SOMEWHERE IN BENJAMIN THE WIDOWS WEEP AND CRY FOR THE MEN OF SAUL AND JONATHAN WITH HEAVY LOSS DID DIE AND THE DAUGHTERS CHASTE OF ISRAEL IN CHAINS ARE LED AWAY AS THE MEN OF SAUL AND JONATHAN LIE ROTTING IN THE CLAY HOW FAR THE STRONG HAVE FALLEN HOW FAR ARE THEY THRUST DOWN HOW FAR JUST LIKE A COLUMN THAT SINKS INTO THE GROUND RECALL THIS SAUL AS FEARLESS RECALL HIM IN HIS PRIME RECALL HIS SPIRIT PEERLESS HIS VALOR FOR ALL TIME ON THE HEIGHTS ABOVE CAMP JEZREEL MAY NOTHING LIVING THRIVE MAY THE FARMS AND FIELDS AND CROPS AND WELLS REVERT TO DUST AND DIE FOR A MIGHTY MAN OF BENJAMIN HAS FALLEN FROM THE SKY THE MAIDS HAVE LOST THEIR CHAMPION THEY BEAT THEIR BREASTS AND CRY HOW FAR THE STRONG HAVE FALLEN HOW FAR ARE THEY THRUST DOWN HOW FAR JUST LIKE A COLUMN THAT SINKS INTO THE GROUND RECALL THIS SAUL AS FEARLESS RECALL HIM IN HIS PRIME RECALL HIS SPIRIT PEERLESS HIS VALOR FOR ALL TIME.Hear the music >>> http://goo. (Raises sword) On to Jerusalem! On to Jerusalem! On to Jerusalem! (Exits. “KING DAVID! KING DAVID! KING DAVID!” Fade to black) End of Scene Page 95 .
minstrels. The GUARD. (DAVID points to an apple hanging from a tree and rubs his tummy. He wasn't even a person. FOOD TASTER. you name it. SATAN jumps right into line with them) SATAN: All in all. SATAN prevails and walks up to DAVID with the apple. All wear rich robes like SATAN.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DAVID takes the apple and pushes him away) DON'T DON'T DON'T LEARN DAVID: (Sings) YOU STAND SO CLOSE TO ME YOU STARE AT MY FACE YOU STAND SO CLOSE TO ME TO KEEP IN YOUR PLACE STAY A DULL NONENTITY MINGLE NOT WITH THE PROUD LIVE IN ANONYMITY BE A FACE IN THE CROWD Page 96 . tasters. They jammed that crown down tight on his noggin and surrounded him with enough pomp and circumstance to choke an elephant. bejeweled gown. He belonged to the people. Soon enough. But they didn't believe him. trailed by GUARD. Everywhere he went. a national treasure. advisors. ADVISOR. being King's not a bad life.gl/DBqI4p Act II Scene 5 (At rise: Enter SATAN in a magnificent multi-colored robe with large “D” sewn across the chest in gold thread) SATAN: So they offered him the crown. They fight over it. DAVID enters. he was trailed by guards. David found out he was no longer free. MINSTREL & JESTER. jesters. heralds. You want something. He said he didn't want it. You have these courtiers here to serve you. they get it. the ADVISOR and SATAN all rush to get it. PERSONAL ASSISTANT. He was a commodity. handlers. (Wearing a shimmering. You don't have to lift a finger.
tries to touch DAVID) GUARD: (Sings) WANNA TOUCH YOU! (DAVID pushes him away) DAVID: (Sings) KEEP AWAY FROM! ADVISOR: (Sings) WANNA TOUCH YOU! DAVID: (Sings) KEEP AWAY FROM! PERSONAL ASSISTANT: (Sings) WANNA TOUCH YOU! DAVID: (Sings) KEEP AWAY FROM! ME! (SATAN.gl/DBqI4p DAVID(Cont): IS IT NOT AN IRONY? OF MY FORTUNE AND FAME NOW I LIVE IN HISTORY NOW THEY SWEAR BY MY NAME MARK THE WAY IT CAME TO BE LIKE A BOLT FROM THE BLUE (Takes an arrow. (GUARD turns. MINSTREL & JESTER surround DAVID) SATAN & MINSTREL & JESTER: (Sings) WANNA BE YOU! Page 97 .Hear the music >>> http://goo. points it at himself) BUT THE BOLT THAT CAME FOR ME WON'T BE COMING FOR YOU.
DAVID runs past them and exits) End of Scene Page 98 . They turn and rush to retrieve it.Hear the music >>> http://goo.gl/DBqI4p DAVID: (Sings) KEEP AWAY FROM! SATAN & MINSTREL & JESTER: (Sings) WANNA BE YOU! DAVID: (Sings) KEEP AWAY FROM! SATAN & MINSTREL & JESTER: (Sings) WANNA BE YOU! DAVID: (Sings) KEEP AWAY FROM! ME! (DAVID snaps the arrow in two and throws it over their heads.
DAVID sings) THIS IS MY STORY THIS IS MY SONG IF SOMEONE ELSE SINGS IT IT WOULD BE WRONG THIS IS MY SIMPLE AND IF SOMEONE IT'D BE IN STORY PLAIN ELSE SINGS IT VAIN TO SING ABOUT MY INNER SELF TO SING ABOUT MY SOUL TO SING ABOUT MY DEEPEST CORE WHAT WOULD THEY KNOW? TO SING ABOUT MY DESTINY TO SING ABOUT MY HOPES TO SING ABOUT MY WANTS AND DREAMS WHAT WOULD THEY KNOW? IT’S MY LIFE WE’RE SPEAKING OF AND I’M THE ONE TO LIVE IT HOW CAN SOMEONE ELSE STEP UP AND TELL ME WHAT GOES IN IT? THIS IS MY STORY THIS IS MY SONG IF SOMEONE ELSE SINGS IT IT WOULD BE WRONG Page 99 . chewing cuds) DAVID: (To SHEEP) I don’t know. you guys do. There’s no part of me that I can call my own anymore.Hear the music >>> http://goo. A verdant pasture. It’s hard to explain. His crown rests on the grass at his feet. But if anyone understands me. It’s like everybody’s trying to grab a piece of me.gl/DBqI4p Act II Scene 6 (At rise: a lovely late afternoon. DAVID stands. Do you understand what I’m trying to say? (SHEEP nod. SHEEP 2 & SHEEP 3 recline. keeping watch over sheep. SHEEP 1.
GABRIEL: Do better than try. Sometimes being a shepherd of sheep is more rewarding than being a shepherd of men. Away from the crowd. There’s all sorts of traps and snares and valleys of death awaiting the unwary. neighborhood beekeeper. DAVID: I’ll try. Quietude is soothing for the soul. The SHEEP tug at DAVID’s tunic and indicate the approaching GABRIEL) GABRIEL: David. DAVID: What??! GABRIEL: You’re not going to build the temple.gl/DBqI4p (Enter GABRIEL. GABRIEL: Of course you do. DAVID: I’m scared. Now relax. People are wondering where you disappeared to.Hear the music >>> http://goo. DAVID: Sometimes I need to get away. GABRIEL: Of course you are. Just pretend you’re the friendly. Now I have a message. in his white robe. You’d be very foolish not to be scared. GABRIEL: Compared to the vipers at a kingly court. DAVID: I wasn’t scared of Goliath. your duel with Goliath was like a stroll in the park. DAVID: But I’ve got equipment and materials in storage! Page 100 . You’ll be fine as long as you can walk among them and not show fear. That country bumpkin had no idea who he was up against. You’re not going to build the temple. Pay attention. walking purposefully.
Pour him a cup. DAVID: I can’t believe this! I cannot believe it! Who. It’s not going to be you. DAVID: I’ve signed contracts with masons and carpenters! GABRIEL: He knows. and he walks with a crutch) GABRIEL: David.Hear the music >>> http://goo. stands away from DAVID & GABRIEL. BATHSHEBA: (To DAVID) Tea. You’re not going to do it. then? GABRIEL: Someone with cleaner hands. (SATAN snaps his finger. Have a cup. Please. a big bandage around his head. He has one arm in a sling. Please. watching them.gl/DBqI4p GABRIEL: He knows. Page 101 . I could use a cup right now. My Lord? DAVID: No! GABRIEL: David. My Lords? GABRIEL: Tea would be perfect. Enter BATHSHEBA with tea service) BATHSHEBA: Tea. DAVID: I’m even writing choral pieces for the choir! (SATAN in black robe enters. (BATHSHEBA pours him a cup) Thank you.
SHEEP 1 picks up the crown and hands it to DAVID. DAVID continues to stand still. giving him a mocking air kiss as he passes. (Long silence as they drain their cups) GABRIEL: All right. My Lord. DAVID takes it and puts it on his head. SATAN exits.gl/DBqI4p BATHSHEBA: Yes. King David. GABRIEL: Colonel Uriah is a very lucky man. seemingly undecided. He’s a very lucky man. Let’s go. Time to get back to the old grind.Hear the music >>> http://goo. Put the crown upon your head. BATHSHEBA bows and exits. DAVID: Yes. Finally. She’s Colonel Uriah’s wife. hands it to him. DAVID: Her name is Bathsheba. SATAN grins) GABRIEL: Lovely. (GABRIEL exits. Blackout to instrumental of “Imagine”) The End Page 102 . (BATHSHEBA pours him a cup. Come on. limping by DAVID on his crutches. Such a delicious smile.