Theme: The metaphors in “The Vine And The Branches” can make it difficult to understand. This monologue with offstage voice clears up misconceptions.
Bible Reference: John 15:1-17
Cast: Gina for monologue, written as a female, could be adjusted to male
Offstage Voice of God (VOG) (male voice good control to emotions)
Set, Sound, Costumes: standard
Sample of script:
actor comes onstage, thinking, takes a few steps, sighs, bows head, deep breath, looks upward
Gina: Heavenly Father I . . .
(pauses, shakes head, deep breath, looks upward)
Heavenly Father I just want to . . .
What’s the use, Heavenly Father . . . I just can’t . . .
VOG: Can’t what child?
Gina, shock: Who . . . what . . . Little brother, if that’s you messing around I will . .
VOG: In case you forgot your little brother Stan is away at camp.
Gina: Oh yeh, I . . . . Wait, but then who are you?
Where are you?
VOG: As I recall you were praying to me . . . your heavenly Father.
And I could tell you were sincere so I answered.
Gina, shock: You can do that?
VOG: Have been doing it since the beginning of time. Don’t believe me, check my book.
Gina: Wow, that’s . . . amazing!
VOG: I heard you singing that in church on Sunday.
Gina: I sang “Amazing God” . . . . You heard me, like . . you were there?
VOG: I am always with you, even at times when you maybe wish I wasn’t.
Gina: You are talking about Wednesday morning when I . . .
VOG: We will deal with Wednesday morning when the time is right. . . Right now you wanted to talk to me. . . So shoot!
Gina: Well, thing is, there are times when I feel disconnected.
VOG: I have noticed that too. . . But what are you doing about it?
Gina: I have been trying! . . . If you are watching you would know how much time I spend reading the Bible, looking for answers.
VOG: I am and I do. But mine is a big book, gazillion topics, you need to look in the right places.
Gina: And you have some suggestions?
VOG: I do matter of fact. . . But let’s start with just one. . . John recorded my words very well, found in Chapter 15.
Gina: The Vine and the Branches, I read that.
VOG: Skimmed might be the better word. . . . .
Gina: Well some of your parables are really hard to figure out!
VOG: I look at this more as using metaphors than parables, but whatever, we can discuss that another time. . . Right now the subject at hand is the vine and the branches.
Gina: Guess I can’t get over the talk about the fruitless branches going into the fire.
VOG: Well, whether in plant husbandry or in life, non-productive members will take away sap, energy, from the vine. . . . And that is never good.
Seems strange to me how people focus more on the non-productive branch rather than on the productive branches.
In order to be productive the branch must . . . abide . . . that means must stay connected, to the vine . . . constantly and unrestricted, to live and to bear fruit.
Go cut a leafy branch from a vine. . . Soon leaves will wither and die since their sap, their source of sustenance and life is gone.
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