By David Ruddock (Based on The Next Great Script By Glenn A. Hascall)
Several play-writers are discussing what to do for their next project.
Writers sitting at a desk discussing ideas for their next play.
6 boys and 2 girls.
(All cast enter with scripts in hand - toss them on the desk and look down - tired.)
Leo: That last play was fantastic. I was so funny.
Tim: How are we going to follow that up?
Jane: Pippa said that we have to give her a new script by tomorrow morning.
Paul: Tomorrow (shocked)
Others: Oh no!
(All scratch heads - thinking)
Wayne: I've got a good idea. It's about this football genius - who is only 9 - and ends up scoring the winning goal for England in the world cup.
Jane: It'll never work.
Russell: Hang on a minute. What if he has an unhappy childhood - we could even set it 'oop' north (Yorkshire accent).
Spacey: Yeah, like a cross between Billy Elliot and Bend it like Beckham.
Jane: (Exasperated) Oh no. Boys and football!
Wayne: And of course, I would play the football genius!
Other boys: You!
Jane: Maybe we should keep thinking.
(All scratch heads - thinking)
Leo: Okay what about a play about an artistic genius, who only needs to look at something for a few seconds and then he can draw it perfectly from memory, and he's only 7 years old.
Russell: Is there any football in the play.
Leo: No, and of course I would be the artistic genius.
Spacey: It'll never work.
Bob: You know, I'm not sure we want to have a play about geniuses anyway.
Jane: I've an idea. How about a story about this beautiful princess who for some reason sleeps on top of hundreds of mattresses?
Paul: (shocked) A beautiful princess!?
Russell: On hundreds of mattresses
Jane: Let me finish... while she's asleep she discovers that there is a pea under the bottom mattress. (Dreamily) And then there is this handsome young prince, and they ride away together into the sunset.
Spacey: And that's supposed to be interesting?
Tiffany: It would be so sweet.
Jane: And, of course I would be playing the beautiful princess.
Boys: (Exasperated) Oh dear. Girls and princesses!
Bob: Look we've got to come up with some ideas.
Paul: Ok. How about a story of a man who never did anything wrong?
Spacey: Sounds boring.
Paul: He wasn't rude or naughty - he just spends most of his time teaching people.
Wayne: A play about a teacher - it'll be a disaster.
Paul: Anyway, for some reason, this man makes other people angry, the religious leaders don't like him, the government leaders think he was a threat, but the people love him. Once, he takes more than 5000 of them out for lunch.
Russell: (Not sure) This might be a good idea - after all, everyone likes a free lunch.
Paul: Then everyone turns on him; the leaders, the people, everyone is against him.
Wayne: What happens - does he fight his way out of trouble? (Pretend punches)
Paul: No, they kill him!
Jane: Kill - as in dead?
Leo: Isn't that a sad ending?
Paul: No - because its not the end.
Leo: You what?
Paul: He's in the grave for 3 days and then he gets up and leaves.
Leo: So he isn't dead!
Paul: No, he is dead all right, but he comes back to life.
Tim: (Scared) Like a mummy?
Paul: No. Like the Son of God who has power to come back to life and forgive sins.
Wayne: Sin - as in murder and stealing?
Paul: As in all the bad stuff that people ever do. It is forgiven because this man lays down his life and then rises again. All it takes is a little faith to believe it is true.
Jane: And who's going to play that kind of part?
Paul: I've no idea. Who would do such a thing?
Copyright David Ruddock (based on an idea by Glenn A. Hascall), all rights
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