Teach me to pray Lord. What are the guidelines? What might happen if God were to answer that question "in real time"?
Sample of script:
Mary is sitting on a park bench, very unsettled, Tony and Billie come on stage
Tony: What’s happening, Mary? Just sitting here all alone?
Mary: Yeh, Tony, sitting here.
Billie: Mind if we join you?
Mary: It’s a free world Billie.
Billie: I noticed that. So why the long face, Mary?
Mary: Oh, it’s just a kind of long-face day I guess.
Tony: You are down in the dumps! Spill it, what’s buggin’ you?
Mary: It’s a personal thing.
Billie: Up to you, don’t want to intrude, but like the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem scared.
Mary: Well, it’s just that . . . (double take) . . What did you say? “A problem shared is a problem scared?”
Billie: Yup! A problem shared is a problem scared. Old saying, said by a lot of old people.
Tony: Anyway . . . so tell us about this problem Mary.
Mary: Well, it’s just that things aren’t going real good, seems I need help.
Tony: You know that Billie and me, we will help you any way we can.
Mary: Well, I appreciate that but actually, do you guys know much about praying?
Billie: Praying? As in . . .
Mary: As in praying. Talking to God.
Tony: Look, I can’t say I have done it a lot but, I mean, how tough can it be?
Billie: Exactly, I mean like, God is your friend and, well, I am your friend, so just talk to God the way you talk to me.
Mary: As if! I mean a guy can’t go just . . talk . . not to . . like, the Big Guy.
Tony: I say, go for it.
Mary: Well, I might just try it sometime.
Mary: Yep, maybe when I am alone, in my room, maybe then I will, like, try, talking to God.
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