Old Friends

  • Cast Number: 3
  • Run-time: 10 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Ephesians 1:7

a short dramatic skit about the unlimited love and forgiveness of God, even after terrible transgressions. Very dramatically tells of sudden loss of a spouse, bringing on depression, reliance on pain killers, leading to drug addiction, losing custody of children and then the long road back to sobriety and putting a life back together.
This script is very highly recommended!


                      Keywords: forgiveness, redemption, death, drugs, friendship, conversion


Bible Reference:        Ephesians 1:7


Cast:             Three women, ages 30-50:




Set:               The exterior of a “Starbucks”-like coffee shop with tables, plastic chairs, etc.


Special effects:          None


Props:           Coffee cups with lids, paperback New Testament, purses/handbags


Costumes:    Lisa wears clean but “no-frills” clothing, something that might have come from Goodwill.  Karen and Sue are both very well-dressed, upper middle-class.


Lighting:       Standard


Sound:           Standard


Special  instructions: None


Time:            10 minutes


Sample of script:


LISA sits at a table, KAREN and SUE, approach.  They ignore Lisa as they start to go inside.


Karen, elatedly:

Can you believe it?  Tom actually got that assignment in Paris!  We’re going to be there for six months!


Sue:                 Wow!  You know I hate you, now, don’t you?


Karen, feigning haughtiness:

Don’t hate me because I’m lucky.  (a beat)  Or rich.


Both of them LAUGH.  Karen glances at Lisa curiously, then suddenly stops.


Karen, to Sue:

You go on in.  I’ll be there in a second.


Sue:                 Do you want me to order for you?


Karen:            Sure.  A decaf, non-fat extra hot latte.  Tall.


Sue exits.  Karen approaches Lisa warily.


Karen:            Lisa?  Lisa Kensey?   I’m Karen –


Lisa turns to look at her.  Flash of recognition, then sudden embarrassment.


Karen, continuing:

Karen Wills.  From the yoga class we too, remember?  It’s been what – five years?


Lisa stares back.  Obviously an awkward moment for both.


Lisa:                Sure, I remember you.  How are you, Karen?


Karen:            Good.  Great – thanks.  How about you?


Lisa, noticing Karen’s appraising stare at her clothes:

Not great.  But better lately.


Karen:            Are you waiting for someone?  Mind if I sit down for a minute?


Lisa:                No, I’m alone.  (gesturing to chair)  Please, sit.

Karen:            I wondered what happened to you when you stopped coming to class.  Seems like we were becoming friend, but then you kind of disappeared.  I missed you.  (a beat)  So how’s – Bill, right?


Lisa, glancing away quickly, obviously pained:

Bill died.  Two years ago.  Liver cancer.


Karen:            Oh, Lisa, I’m so sorry.  I didn’t know.  What about your girls?  How are they coping?


Lisa:                Okay, I guess.  They’re with Bill’s family.  After he died, I, uh, I lost custody.


Karen, genuinely stunned:    

What!?  Lisa – I know it’s none of my business, but I’m just so shocked.  You had such a perfect life!


Lisa, smiling wistfully:

Perfect?  Yeah, sure seemed like it.  But perfect can’t last, can it?  When Bill died, it was so sudden – I just couldn’t handle it.  One day he complained about a pain in his stomach, and three months later he was gone.  So I did what a lot of people do in that situation.  I shut down.  Tried to fend off the pain.  First with pills.  Then with alcohol.  And somehow cocaine entered the mix.  I ended up spending Bill’s insurance settlement on drugs.  Didn’t even think about the girls or what they needed.  I couldn’t.  All I wanted was to block out the pain.


Karen:            So that’s why you lost custody?


Lisa, nodding: Because I was an addict.  AM an addict – in recovery.  Thankfully, I admitted it to myself a couple years ago.  But back then, Bill’s parents decided I was, how did their lawyer put it?  Temporarily unfit for motherhood.  Which I was.  So they took Jill and Sandy.  But there really wasn’t another option, since I’d lost the house to foreclosure. 


Karen:            So where did YOU live?


Lisa:                In a homeless shelter downtown.


Karen:            Oh, how terrible!  I can’t imagine losing my husband, then my kids!  How in the world did you keep going?


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