GOD HELP US – TWO ACT COMEDY
It turns out Nietzsche was wrong: god isn’t dead; he’s just been tied up at a meeting – a cosmically long meeting – at the Galactic Council. Now’s he’s back and bucking harder than ever to George-Jefferson his way out of his middle-manager post in a third-rate galaxy. As god works to polish his Milky-Way resume, one nasty, black smear threatens to doom his ladder-climbing plans: the atrocities perpetrated by the inhabitants of third planet from its sun in a rinky-dink solar system – all with his supposed seal of approval.
As god speeds through Earth’s CliffsNotes from his two-thousand year absence, he decides this planetary stain on his cosmic ledger cannot stand. His solution is simple: eliminate the problem by erasing Earth from his bottom line altogether. One snag in his divine business plan is the obscure DaVinci Clause which states god cannot wipe Earth from his spreadsheet until every inhabitant renounces their faith in him. So, he sets out to disabuse his fans of the myth of his benevolent nature – with extreme prejudice.
“God Help Us” recently received a two-performance staged reading at Fierce Backbone theater in Los Angeles and was also selected as the featured play by the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights for its New Works Lab (Eclectic Company Theater). This “DOGMA” styled religious dark comedy may be offensive to sensitive readers.
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Author: Jeremy Kehoe
Genre: Comedy, dark religious comedy scripts
Type: Two Act Comedy
Number of Actors: Eight, Five onstage, 3 offstage, 4M 1 F onstage, rest N.
Ages of the actors: F older, young M and the rest fit the cliches of god, Jesus and St. Peter.
Suitable for: PG 14 – blasphemy, language
Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – playing characters convincingly
Set: Act 1: A WHITE STAGE doused in a bright, but soft, WHITE LIGHT. A CNN-style PRAYER TICKER scrolls across the back wall. Interspersed among the scrolling prayers are requests for God’s help resolving larger issues – bringing peace to Middle East, ending hunger, etc. – but most are requests for personal favors. There is a small LAPTOP on top of a WHITE DESK; two WHITE CHAIRS sit perpendicular to the audience.
Act 2: INTERIOR of the FERGUSON home. The space is plain: a sagging leather COUCH, a yard-sale T.V. STAND, and wobbly BOOKSHELF fill one space. On the wall above the BOOKSHELF is a framed PORTRAIT OF JESUS. On top of the BOOKSHELF are a group of lit TEA CANDLES. A small KITCHEN TABLE and two CHAIRS occupy the rest of the stage.
Cost is $6
Copyright January 2014 Jeremy Kehoe and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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