Did Anyone Ask Him

  • Cast Number: 5
  • Run-time: 5 minutes
  • Bible Reference: John 11:1-45

“Did Anyone Ask Him” is a light-hearted comedy sketch based on the Gospel story of Lazarus.


                      Keywords: Lazarus, resurrection, Heaven, contentment


Cast:             5 actors total: at least 2 males, any age (from early teens up)


Angel #2

Angel #3

Angel #4


Set:               An open stage with a single chaise lounge or lawn chair.


Special effects:          “Ethereal” music; harp, violins, etc.


Props:           None


Costumes:    White robes recommended, but street clothes okay.


Lighting:       Standard


Sound:           background music to open


Time:            5 minutes


Sample of script:


ETHERAL MUSIC PLAYS SOFTLY as LAZARUS reclines contentedly in a chaise lounge.  Four ANGELS suddenly approach.  The first angel, MICHAEL, waves to Lazarus jubilantly.


Michael:         Lazarus!  There you are!  Have I got news for you!


Lazarus:          (swiftly standing)  Michael!  Just the guy I wanted to see.


Michael:         Lazarus, buddy, you’re never gonna believe what I’m about to tell you.


Lazarus:          Hold that thought, okay, because I’ve got something I want to tell you.  Remember when I first got here, four days ago, how I was a little upset? 


Michael:         You mean that tantrum you threw at the Pearly Gates?  Don’t give it another thought.  Happens all the time.


Lazarus:          Even so, I want to apologize.  I didn’t want to die, you know?  I mean, I had a pretty good life on earth.  A good job, great family, terrific friends.  Oh, sure, I had to put up with the occasional Roman soldier and tax collector, but I didn’t think it was that bad.  And my two sisters are just fantastic.  Although…  (lowering his voice surreptitiously)  Just between you and me, they could be a little nagging sometimes.  In any event, it wasn’t worth the scene I caused, and I’m really sorry.  (glancing around with a look of ecstasy)  Besides, what could I have been thinking?  It’s beautiful here.  I mean, look, it’s paradise!


Michael:         Glad to hear you like it.  But that’s what I came to tell you, buddy.  You’re                         going back!


Lazarus:          (frowning at Michael blankly)  Say what?


Michael:         You’re going back, man, to earth.  You’re being raised from the dead!


Lazarus:          (completely stunned)  Say what?!


Michael:         Isn’t that amazing?  I gotta tell you, you should really consider yourself lucky.  This doesn’t happen all the time.


Lazarus:          But, I don’t want to go back!


Michael:         Excuse me?


Lazarus:          I don’t want to go back!  I like it here!


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