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PRESENT DAY CHARACTERS: STEVE: a young man who used to be a Christian and a member of a church but no longer believes. SARAH: a young woman neat and pretty in appearance. She is a Christian of the church Steve used to go to. She loves Steve secretly.. CLIFF and ROGER: Steve's newer friends. The sort who like trouble and always seem to be able to make it even if it isn't around. SECURITY GUARD: a minor character looking after a warehouse full of electronic equipment.(he isn't seen and is only an offstage character i.e. soundperson.) BIBLICAL CHARACTERS: JESUS, SOME WOMEN, ROMAN SOLDIERS (2), PILATE, AND SIMON OF CYRENE Equipment (For this drama, you need to be able to divide the stage in two to make room for the present day and biblical scenes. Keep the centre stage clear for the closing scene). SCENE ONE (We open with an alley scene. The lights fade in to find Steve slamming the apartment door and then kicking at something on the ground. He is upset and muttering to himself.) Steve: Who does he think he is anyway, trying to tell me what to do with my life? (Sarah enters the alley and has obviously heard what Steve said to himself. She appears concerned and anxious about the fairly dark alley.) Sarah: Are you all right Steve? I saw you come in here. This alley is filthy. Steve: (turns quickly as he didn't know she was there. He is not happy to see her.) What do you care what happens to me? Why are you following me? Sarah: (shaken by his reaction but pulls herself together) I.... I didn't mean to make you angry. I just saw you come slamming out of your apartment and thought I'd see if I could help. You looked pretty mad. Steve: (still angry) The landlord threatened to kick me out unless I pay my rent. He says he's tired my excuses. That I need to be looking for a real job and stop hanging out with my friends. Supposedly all they do is bring trouble around here. Whatever«.! Sarah: (cautious) Maybe he's right. Since you started hanging around with Cliff and Roger you have been getting into trouble. Before that it was those other guys down the block, the ones who got arrested for...... Steve:(angrily cuts her off) What are you my mother! Get off my case. My friends are my business. Sarah:(now angry herself) Look, I just happen to care what happens to you. You used to be a Christian and my friend. Now look at yourself! You were just lucky you weren't with those guys when they broke into that store or you would be in jail too! Now you're hanging around with a couple more just like them. What are you looking for? Steve:(quieter now. He sits down on a box.) I don't know what I want anymore? Ever since I got laid off, working temp jobs here and there. I don't know what's real anymore. I even got kicked out of church for smoking in the bathroom last year. Not even Christians want me. Sarah: That's not true. You know Pastor Smith has tried to talk to you and I care. (Cliff and Roger enter. They look ticked off to find Sarah talking to Steve.) Cliff: What are you talking to her for? Roger: Yea. We're your friends anyway. Not her. Who helped you out with a place the last time you needed help? (They come over Steve and head out of the alley, taking Steve with them.) Cliff (sarcastic): Sorry Sarah. He's here to meet us not you. Besides we've got places to go right Steve? Steve:(not too loud at first) Yea. These guys are my friends, not you and your so called Christians. So just leave me alone. Lets go
Sarah:(shouts)Steve!(It's too late the alley is dark and empty. She sits on the box Steve was sitting on a moment ago). Dear Jesus, please look after him. He's all right really. Please keep him safe and help him to see what he's doing. (After this quiet prayer the lights fade out and a song is heard in
Jesus staggers to his feet. and Roger talking excitedly). (Again. Soldiers! Take this man and crucify him. Crucify him!") Pilate: He is guilty of no crimes.the background." Crucify him.. Crucify him!" as the soldiers drag Jesus away.) SCENE TWO (We see Pilate and Jesus before a small crowd.) (Soldiers begin to enter [via the aisle] shouting at Jesus.) You won't be needing that cross tonight. (walks around -nervous. I'll do it. Cliff.. Simon and Jesus make to behind to the choirs stand and the curtain closes . I don't want .. (Looks at the cross on Steve's neck. nothing will go wrong. we hear "Crucify him. Voices in the background yell "Crucify him. what kind of friend are you anyway? Steve: (upset and nervous) I like you guys but I'm not sure I'm ready to break into a warehouse for a few lousy appliances. We've been checking this place out for some time. The people ahead of them point and whisper among themselves. We see Golgotha. Ahead of them some people enter.) from foryer.. Soldier1. Crucify him!") Pilate: (shouting to be heard) This Jesus has done nothing wrong! See Him. We see Steve. (Soldiers walk up the aisle to drag Jesus back down the aisle.. (He moves to Jesus and the Lord looks at him and smiles. I have had him beaten! (We hear.) Soldier1-(Points at Simon) Soldier2 Soldier1: You! Get over here and help him! Simon of Cyrene: What me?! I. (He breaks it off and lets it fall to the ground.) SCENE THREE (The lights come on to the right. Two crosses are already in place with the thieves [fakes or real actors or empty]. He should go free. He takes the Cross from Jesus and puts it on his own back. Roger: (slyly)Are you afraid Steve? Steve: (indignant) Of course I'm not! I just don't want anything to go wrong. Come on let's get going.) Cliff: Don't worry.) Soldiers..) (all 3 exit but Steve stops for a moment and almost picks up the cross.) Soldier1-(looks at Jesus and looks at Simon) (Jesus falls to the ground [about halfway up the aisle].) (song). We'll be in and out in 5 minutes with the stuff. and you don't want to help us! Roger: Yea. we take you to parties. "Crucify him..walking up isle Cliff: What do you mean you're not sure this is a good idea? We let you hang around with us.stares and points Simon: Alright. Soldier1-(leading Jesus to Calvary) Soldier2-(leading Jesus to Calvary) (Jesus staggers in with the cross on His back.) (All exit and a song plays in the background. What if we get caught? Cliff: We're not gonna get caught! The old security guard is way over on the other side of the warehouse and he's usually fast asleep by this time. crucify him) Pilate: So be it. His death is on your heads! I wash my hands of this. (Lights fade out to the cry of . There's nothing to worry about. The Cross on His back. SCENE FOUR ~the curtain opens (The lights to the left come on to an empty stage.
) Jesus:(in pain) Father. Lights fade out to a song playing in the background.) This is Steve's cross. My God! Why have you forsaken me?! Soldier3 (pause for a minute while the soldiers 1&2 gamble for his clothes) Jesus: I thirst! Soldier 2 (gives drink from sponge in stick) Jesus: (in great pain) Father into thy hands I commit my Spirit.... Jesus has been on the cross awhile and is clearly in great agony. Roger: Forget the stupid boxes.SCENE FIVE (Lights come on to find Sarah walking around (up the isle)looking for Steve. No security guard in sight.. Steve moves a couple of boxes and stops.) SCENE SIX (The lights come on to find us back at the Crucifixion scene. well forget what I said. I don't know what to do! Dear God we need you! Please help us..) Cliff: Let's get out of here. Please help me. Can God really help me now? ( a further pause). (He looks up to the ceiling . (still crying softly.) Cliff: I told you this would be easy. Cliff: What do you mean it feels wrong? You won't complain when we sell this stuff and have some money in our pockets. (she begins to cry and still holds the cross) Oh Steve!. Roger: No problem. she stands and moves away while the lights fade out and a song begins. I gave it to him a couple of years ago. I am no good. (suddenly we hear running and shouting. She is very worried) Sarah: Where is he? I hope they don't get into trouble! (She stops and looks down to find the cross Steve wears around his neck lying on the ground. for they do not know what they are doing! Soldiers looking up at him Jesus: My God. forgive them.) SCENE SEVEN (At the warehouse we find the 3 young men moving around boxes. The women are weeping. (she stops crying and begins to wipe away the tears and starts to say a prayer) Oh Jesus. Everything is working perfectly. Steve: I still don't like this. the cross is gone.. (pauses and sits down) What do I do? Who can help me now? (as he says this his hand moves to the cross that is supposed to be on his neck). (Roger and Cliff go out of sight behind curtain.long pause).) Women: No! (renewed crying. The other boys come around the corner out of breath. What? Oh yeah. It feels wrong. he's just hurt and confused. They got a new security guard and he's got a gun.. I can't help him by myself. (His head falls over and he dies. Let's. Cliff: Yeah. I don't know where he is and I'm so afraid! He's not all bad. Steve: You said there was nothing to worry about. You pile up these boxes and Roger and I will go get some more. (a security guard yells) Security Guard: Stop or I'll shoot! Stop! (the boys start to run tripping over the boxes and a shot rings out) .. I shouldn't be here doing this.) Steve: (looking hurt and confused) What am I doing? Maybe Sarah¶s right.
can you forgive me. After a few seconds a song plays).) on steps Cliff laying on side Steve:(in shock and very distressed) Cliff is dead. (Music begins softly.) (We see Steve kneeling beside the lifeless form of Cliff somewhere right outside the warehouse. All along I've been pounding nails into Jesus. he is dead. He turns to the audience for all to see. Jesus appears behind them. SCENE EIGHT -curtain opens last time person playing Jesus hide behind while opening it then come out other side(The lights come on to reveal the Cross in the background but the focus is on the empty tomb. (softly crying). Jesus' glory shines around Him. Roger ran away. He stops for a brief moment and then bends over to lift Steve up.) Women: The stone is rolled away! What has happened! (They look in the tomb but find nothing.) (The lights stay on Jesus as he turns to face the scene on the other side of the stage and the lights over there come up.) (They are amazed to find the tomb empty. (pause). The hammer and nails are still in Steve's hands. (pauses for effect . (He drops to his knees and cries out) Jesus. Are you hurt? Dear God. The music continues until the end of the song. Pause for a minute. (He stands. Jesus puts his hands around him and holds him up. After a minute all the other actors gather around Jesus and Steve and they kneel. I know I have sinned and I need you to show me the way. The officer or minister takes over at this point. She cries out and kneels next to Steve. All lights go out except the ones on Jesus and Steve. (he moves away from the scene and looks at the Cross as the lights bear on the Cross. He didn't turn His back on me. Cliff is dead.(Lights go out quickly on a now empty scene and silence. It was me who turned my back on God.) Steve: It is me. Please help me. I'm going to ask Jesus for help.begins to move) Sarah: Where are you going? Steve: I'm going to do something I should have done a long time ago.) That could be me lying there. After a moment they fall to the floor. Two women approach the tomb. ) THE END . Jesus moves towards Steve and comes around behind him. They can not believe their eyes. What do I do? Oh God please help me! (sobbing) Sarah:(runs around the corner and stops at the sight of Cliff. I helped nail Jesus to the cross with my sins. Steve looks at the hammer and nails left lying there and picks them up. They kneel.(calmly) You were right.) You're all right. Steve: Yes. Keep lights on the main scene and on Jesus as well.
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