Wholl Take The Son

  • Cast Number: 8
  • Run-time: 15 minutes
  • Bible Reference: John 3:36
auctioning the Son. A portrait of Jesus is put up for auction. The bottom line is when we ask for Jesus we get everything.

Sample of script:

INT. STAGE - DAY

MR. STEADMAN sits alone, mourning, wiping tears from his eyes with a handkerchief.He hears a knock on the door but doesn't move. The knocking becomes stronger, more insistent. He waves at the door as if to send them away. The knocking continues. Exasperated, STEADMAN gets up and opens the door to a VISITOR, a young man holding a package in his hands.

VISITORAre you Mr. Steadman, the art collector?

STEADMAN nods.

VISITORSir, you don't know me but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.

STEADMAN turns and leads VISITOR into the room before sitting again in his chair.

VISITOR(admiring paintings on wall)He often talked about you and your love for art, how the two of you would sit for hours admiring these paintings.

VISTIOR holds out the package to STEADMAN.

VISITORI know it isn't much. I'm not really a great artist. I painted your son...I think he'd want you to have this.

VISITOR exits.

After some time, STEADMAN unwraps the package. He looks at the portrait. (Pause) He smiles.

With a sudden heart attack, he leans back and dies.

AUCTIONEER walks up to the old man, takes the painting, then walks to the podium where he slams a gavel.

AUCTIONEERLet the auction begin. The Steadman estate is one of the finest private collections of art in the world, including works from Picasso and Raphael. In his will, Mr. Steadman stipulated that the bidding must begin with this picture of his son.

He holds up PORTRAIT of Jesus.

AUCTIONEERWho will bid for this picture?

Silence.

BIDDER 1We came for the famous paintings. Skip this one!

AUCTIONEERWill someone bid for this portrait? Who will start? $200? (pause) $100?

BIDDER 2We didn't come to see this painting. We came for the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!

AUCTIONEERThe son! The son! Who'll take the son?

Silence.

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