Bellwether Father

  • Cast Number: 3
  • Run-time: 9 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Isaiah 40:11

Fathers discuss the problems associated with fatherhood, the problem of connecting with children. Fathers must be an example, a leader. The major part of the impact of this drama comes not from the drama itself but from the song, (Bellwether by Eddie Carswell, Paul Smith, Oliver Wells and Niles Borop from Living Proof Album 1990 Dayspring Music (a division of Word Inc.), and the non-verbal acting by the actors. The non-verbal acting is key to the success of the drama and must be very well rehearsed in order that they are able to put across to the audience the message without the benefit of words.

Cast:
Jack is a quiet spoken, smiling, friendly, confident person who seems to radiate support for others.
Tom is a very quiet person who must project the uncertainty and concern in his personal life.
Male Singer - it is critical that the singer be very expressive and that the song be delivered with great feeling.

Props
Park bench with backdrop of trees, park behind actors, this will be set up at Centerstage. There will be a spotlight on this scene, the light just large enough to cover the immediate area.
The singer will be on stage only during the singing of the song. The singer will perform on a raised stage just behind the actors, (the stage from which Abraham performs). A spotlight will be needed for the singer.
Sample of script:

Lights slowly come up showing park bench. After 30 seconds Tom walks slowly on stage from Downstage Right. He looks around, paces very slowly back and forth twice in front of park bench, being very careful never to go beyond the spotlight. He looks into the distance right, into the distance left, then looks at the ground, kicks at an imaginary something, stretches, yawns. He looks around again, looks over his shoulder at the park bench as though seeing it for the first time. He brushes imaginary dust off the bench and carefully sits down. He crosses and uncrosses his legs three times, moves as if to try to find a comfortable position. He holds his hands in front of him, examining them, then cups his chin in his hands, elbows on knees, stares blankly at the ground. Jack strolls on stage from Downstage Right, sees Tom, smiles and waves.

Jack: Hi Tom, how ya doing. Mind if I come sit with you?
Tom: Uh, sure Jack. Come and sit down.
Jack sits down: Just sitting here enjoying the beautiful weather?
Tom: Uh, yeh, I guess so.
Jack: What's wrong Tom? You are acting like you've lost your best friend.
Tom laughs: I think you may be closer to the truth than you realize.
Jack: Want to talk about it?
Tom: I'm not sure what you can do. But I do trust you as a friend, Jack. You see I'm really mixed up. When I became a Christian about a year ago, everything seemed to be answers and solutions. God seemed to be providing guidance in my family. But recently my family situation seems more like problems and confrontations. This being a father is a tougher job than I had expected.
Jack: I'm sorry to hear that things aren't going well for you right now, Tom. But you know, we shouldn't be all that surprised. As a new creation in Christ you will be under attack by the enemy. And one of the first areas which Satan will attack is the family.
Tom: Well I guess I knew that this would happen. But it seems like my son and I are having more and mnore trouble communicating. Don't get me wrong, I know that it is my fault as much as Brian's. My wife says that Brian and I are too much alike, and maybe she's right. Brian tells me that he's getting tired of my lectures. And I don't want my instructions to turn into lectures but I'm at my wit's end to know what to do.
Jack: Tom, maybe you need to be less of a lecturer and more of a bellwether.
Tom: A bellwether? I'm afraid you've lost me.
Jack: Well, as I recall one of your favorite portions of scripture is Psalm 23. This psalm is all about being a shepherd, and in my experience, a big part of fathering is shepherding.
Tom: That's just the point. I always thought that the Lord, being my Shepherd, would be there to shepherd me and to guide me, especially in family matters. But lately He doesn't seem to be there. I try to tell Brian about things he needs to know. But it ends up as a lecture.

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