Life Savers NE

After finishing, wondering if this

should change to more of a Choreplay?

Life Savers NE, a one acter

Cast

T Ted

M Melissa

J Josh

Ted is an ultra straight white man. Melissa is an extra feminine woman. John is a button-down but definitely black man. He and Melissa are “seeing each other”.

They are all sitting around a table.

They are the three crew members of Crew #1 of Life Savers Northeast or LSNE.

There’s a big poster on the back wall with LSNE and a blown up photo of a newborn.

As the scene begins, their heads are all bowed in silent prayer. Maybe 15 to 30 seconds to set the tone.

M (looking up) So how do we explain what happened, How do we frame this

to LS Headquarters.

T (rubbing chin) Maybe if we review this and-

J Let’s remember our job was a rescue, and-

T (obviously (starts to arise then reconsiders) Josh the Judgmental. Look,

irritated we have a learning experience which, if we frame it right, we

can share-

M (slams right palm on desk) Learning experiences were all those

many times when we didn’t overturn Roe, didn’t make war on

Wade, and all those innocent babies- (stops, in tears)

J (hold her hand for five seconds) Aren’t we all on the same

team, the same belief system.

We are a team, a crew. We are united by-(after pause, blows on

hands) Why don’t we start again, around the room. Ted,

Melissa, me. And no finger pointing, yelling, and no blaming.

(He then motions for everyone to hold hands)

As Jesus would have us be, Amen.” (all three say Amen.)

(all unclasp)

part 2 of scene 1

T To review then. We were assigned to travel to this state to

return this woman to our state and prevent her

committing the murder of her unborn child which, sadly, is

still legal in this state of Pennsylvania, at least until-

M This would have been our fifth rescue in Philadelphia and-

J And they all went well.

M Even when the “rescued” didn’t always want to be rescued,

thought they knewwhat they were doing, thought their

needs were omnipotent and not the those of the-

J Remember, we are never here to judge, only to serve.

T (stands up) Yes, we are not “the bringers of light”. (sits

down) and we must never think we are, not delude

ourselves. We are agents of the Law, both biblical and

corporal. Nothing else, nothing more.

J (taps desk) Yes, we are needful to remember that.

T So, we apprehended her and informed the local, non-God

fearing, authorities. They agreed, grudgingly, that we,

indeed, had both the proper papers and jurisdictional

authorities.

M So, of course, when she threatened to kill herself and the

soon-to-be child-

J Because, she said, the father was her father-

M We’ve heard that before-

T Doesn’t matter if it’s true. We have a mission (stands up)

A calling. Not just a job. (sits down)

M Where do you think she got that knife?

J Where do desperate people get any tools they think

that they need? More to the question, how could we

have prevented this, changed the outcome or-

M (stands up) We did call 911 as soon as-

T And they almost seemed satisfied, as though-(gets up,

paces) they took their own sweet time, (sits down)-

almost as though-And by the time-and by the time-

(gets up, paces again) I’m still not sure- that they

tried-with urgency-to save the child-

Let’s return to the start. Can’t we just testify, in

truth- (cell phone rings) Excuse me, it’s, well

you know who it is. Be. Back. After.

(Ted leaves. Stage left.)

Part 3 scene 1

M Now we can talk. You saw her bending over.

Why didn’t you-

J Do what? Ask her what she was doing-

M (stridently) Rather than just staring, as though in

stone, like you’d just seen Medusa, as though in

as though you’d never seek a butt- (chopped-off)

like hers before!

J You may think that

if you choose

to think that.

I’m not sure what I was thinking then,

but it was not

her butt!

One might have wondered how she became in this

condition that she knew-that she thought- that it

required-

M Is that really all-

J Melissa, you’re being extremely accusatory

tonight. Don’t you trust me or do you not want

to trust me.

Maybe it requires too much faith to believe

someone could love-

At this point, Ted strides through the door, trying

with all his hardness, not to slam it.

M (glad for the interruption)

What did they say and-

T That was my best friend and best wife.

Other than that, I would of taken the call in here,

on speaker phone (pauses and takes a deep

breath)

Well, you both know, because I’ve probably beat

your ears about it, that we were trying to move to

a more Christian neighbor-well in an area where

we found a church and felt the spirit, found a

church and felt the spirit.

M Found a church and felt the spirit?

T That we weren’t just sitting there (stands up)

but when Brother Todd spoke, it was almost

like a sermon from the mountaintop.

M Was it the way he spoke, the feeling in his

testimony, the rivers in his words. You said…

it felt real.

T Yes, I remember I told you, I know you have a

place where you receive comfort and I would

never (pauses) but Julie and I…we never did..

we didn’t …and… now…well

J But the call?

T Julie was asked by her next-door neighbor,

as wives always ask, what her husband did,

that he traveled so, that it seemed a secret,

that she couldn‘t just say-

M Maybe that does sound suspicious, Mafia

suspicious, when my parents live in the

southern part of a city called Philadelphia-

J Maybe, but surely you had thought out-

T We should of. Knowing some people

(gets up and walks around the table)

even some of our own people (stops)

feel our “rescue” efforts are going too far,

that we are not being God-like

J So what did Julia-

T Julia gave out to say-intimated, that I

might be CIA or like that. But the

neighbour goes on to say, she’s watched a lot

of TV drama, that the CIA always gives

their operatives cover stories, good ones,

M So how will you diffuse this, I think-

T I think we hacve to be hones. We haven’t

crossed all the eyes or dotted all the teas, so if-

M But I know Julie so wanted-

J (louder) Sometimes, we have to listen when

the Lord speaks in whispers.

(stands up and puts an arm around Ted’s

shoulder)

Maybe the church is the right one but-

T Maybe I need to rethink an adjacent

neighbourhood.

J Don’t you have a friend in real estate,

Phil somebody-

T Shapiro. Not a christian but a good man.

M So now can we please return to what

happened and what-

J I hate to be basic but this, unfortunately,

is one of those LOP situations, where we’re

trying to put lipstick on a pig.

It was a bad situation. We maybe didn’t

listen well enough. Didn’t hear her pain

and tears enough, her pain and fears

enough. Didn’t reach out well enough-

T But we did tell her what we all know,

that we would help her to have the child

and then, and only then, should she decide

whether to give up or keep a child-

I do not know how a woman can give up a

child but-

That we would help her either way.

M Maybe all the listening, all the speaking,

all the words-

T (stands up, louder)

What are you saying! That we can’t speak

Gospel truth to power.?!

M That some people still feel they have the

right to life termination, that it’s not

murder if it’s still as it is then, it isn’t as

if-

J (stand up)

(low voice)

It may be generations until enough

people feel the mercy of God’s love

and know! And know! This child

murder is wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

No less wrong than the murdered

whose killers are on death row!

No less wrong than murdering

the murderers. No less wrong.

(sits down and begins weeping)

Fading our to dark

Scene 4

all three are mouthing words as the scene opens but we cannot hear them.

Gradually a light from outside comes on. There’s a knock on the door and

Ted gets up to answer. There are empty coffee cups and other signs that

they’ve been up all night, discussing and praying. M and J only in this scene.

M I don’t feel like breakfast.

I don’t feel like I deserve to

ever eat again, when-

J (clasps her hand)

First of all, we are the first in what

we are doing. We are not following in

a troden path, on a known way.

Our Apostles know this. Knows

there were few of us willing

(unclasps her hand and stands up)

Did they berate us. Did they

pound us with negatives.

No, they understood, they

understood.

Ted returns with 3 breakfast sandwiches and three coffees. The coffees may be

sipped but noone should open the sandwiches.

T Melissa, I don’t know what Josh

was saying, but he was probably

right. We were not thrown under

the bus, hung out to dry, whatever

blame words, you, we want to use.

Unavoidable tragedy” will be our

wordings.

Let me say this before anyone.

We are not Modern Day

Slavecatchers! We are not doing

the Devil’s work!

The Abortionists, they are doing

the Devil’s work!

(slower) We are doing, or we

trying to do the Lord’s work-

M But are we really. Some days, some

nights, I know I really do believe.

But-

J (slowly and steadily)

We are being tested. We are being

tested on a road of fire, in a forest

of ice, in a city of blood-

We will come out of this.

The three stand up and encircle each other by their arms.

T What do our Apostles always say.

We are the first and, as such, we

are being challenged.

What happens next depends not

on anyone but us-

The three are still around each other, but they put their arms down.

M And we must be strong!

Women and men of iron!

Unbroken circles.

All We are the first!

Surely not the last!

Knock on the door

T goes to the door.

Turns to the others.

Fox News. They want to know what happened.

M Let them in!

We need to save souls with

the truth.

End of first rough draft.

About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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