THE BYSTANDERS

Serious, by Ken Bradbury, 2007

This Christian religious script is a collection of monologues by the bystanders who were present during the life of Christ. The imagined observations are from witnesses such as a merchant, a neighbor and a burial ground caretaker.

The number and gender of characters can be changed to accommodate available participants. Price is for a master script. Make as many copies as is required for your ensemble.

Duration

20 - 25 minutes

    Cast Options

  • 4 Females, 4 Males

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$25.00
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An excerpt …

(Following are excerpts from a few of the eight people who are presented in the script.)

The Manager: So this guy … John … comes to me and says he needs a place to celebrate Passover with a few of his friends. Not exactly family like most of my groups. Just a group he’s been hanging around with I guess. A club maybe? Like the Kiwanis? He said all they need is a room and I say, “Sure, I’ve got the room, but it’ll cost you,” and he says, “That’s fine. How much?” And I told him and he said that’d be fair. “But you gotta put down a deposit,” I told him. I’ve had groups do some real damage up here. He laughed and said there’d be no damage. Yea, that’s what they all say. But you know ... I believed him. I didn’t ask for a deposit. Had to lie to my wife. She’d have screamed her head off … thinks I’m a soft touch.

The Neighbor: I guess it’s not like this was really their home. I remember the day they came to town … and the donkey. You gotta admit, it was a little odd. Most Egyptians rely on camels in this weather, but here they came on that little donkey … Joseph looking like he’d walked every step of those 300 miles and Mary riding the donkey holding the baby. It was cute sight.

The Merchant: He comes in here … this … this terrorist or whatever, just when the crowds are getting big on Temple Day … I’ve got my stand set up. Had a big collection of product today … doves, a couple sheep, a ram. And here comes this wild-eyed madman and starts turning over the tables … letting the birds loose, and that whip! He had actually had a whip! Slapping at us like we were goats! And shouting, “Get out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

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