Theme: Mother’s Day, what is the Christian significance behind this celebration?
- All younger middle-aged
- Terry, very into his “toys” is married to Toni
- Toni, tired of the tedium of life, is married to Terry
- Jerry is committed, supportive husband of Joni
- Joni is the loving wife of Jerry
Bible-Reference: Mark 7:10
Set: Bare stage except for a table with two chairs at both downstage left and downstage right locations. There are two flats, set in a narrow V shape at an upstage center location to give the indication that these are two separate homes, one at stage left, the other at stage right. Take care that the flats are well back so they do not block sight lines of anyone in the audience.
Props: dishes, silverware, butter, a loaf of sliced bread, toaster on both tables, catalogue, newspaper
Toasters will be operated from offstage, adjust settings so the toast will be ejected in the shortest time, then have the power controlled offstage to eject at proper time
Directions: The premise of this drama is to show two families living out similar circumstances but reacting in different ways.
Note that the drama is not to portray Terry and Toni as being a “bad” couple, nor to portray Jerry and Joni as a “good” couple, only that some couples will sometimes react in somewhat more appropriate, or more supportive ways than others
Sample of script:
Jerry and Joni come to the table at stage left.
Terry and Toni come to the table at stage right.
Terry and Toni sit, don’t look at each other or speak. Terry picks up a golf magazine from the table, reads with interest, Toni yawns, massages temples to give the idea she has a headache. Terry and Toni maintain this while Jerry and Joni speak.
Jerry and Joni come on stage, holding hands, smiling, chatting
Joni: So, anyhow, when I phoned Mom she said, “Those children of yours had an awesome night, dad and I spoiled them to death!”
Jerry: Joni, your mom and dad always spoil our kids to death, and none of us would have it otherwise.
Joni: Mom and Dad enjoy having the kids for a sleepover, and the kids love it too. But we both know it’s the same when they go visit your mom Jerry.
Jerry: We are so lucky to have parents who are so supportive with us and our kids.
Joni: Yes, we are. Truly blessed. But I gotta tell you, I miss my babies already.
Jerry: Not babies anymore.
Joni: They will always be my babies. It’s a mom’s right.
Jerry: Different, isn’t it? House all to ourselves for two whole days.
Joni: Yes, different. Nice, but lonely, kinda too.
Jerry, fake hurt: Fine, so my wife doesn’t appreciate a romantic weekend alone with her husband, no kids. Fine!
Joni: I happen to very much appreciate a romantic weekend alone with my husband, no kids.
Jerry: Different, isn’t it, no kids on Mothers Day. Listen, let me treat. I will make the toast.
Jerry, with great flourish, puts slices of bread in the toaster
Joni, laughing: My husband, the chef!
Jerry and Joni pick up paper, read, lights down on stage left, up on stage right
Terry: Now here is what we need!
Toni, barely reacts: Hmmmmmm.
Terry: Big Bertha Steelhead System III Graphite, wow, looks sweet. What do you think Toni?
Toni:, no reaction
Terry: Hey look at this! (reads) Ping S Flex CS Lite iron just seven hundred bucks. Cameron Titleist Studio Stainless putter, two hundred bucks. Way I see it we could get the whole set, maybe under fourteen, fifteen hundred bucks! Wow! Just think, both of us, outfitted with new clubs, under three grand! Maybe could talk my buddy at the Golf Warehouse to toss in golf carts. Think this is a plan, hon?
Toni, still no reaction
Terry: Hon. Toni, are you awake?
Toni, doesn’t stir, mumbles: Uh, yeh, yeh, I am here.
Terry: So what do you think? Think we should move on that?
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