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John Paul Excluded from Paradise – a drama script about religion and faith

drama script about religion

JOHN PAUL EXCLUDED FROM PARADISE – a drama script about religion and faith


In this drama script about religion and faith, the Pope, John Paul who has died, approaches the pearly gates of Heaven accompanied by Michael. However, when he gets there, he is shocked to find that he is not allowed to pass through the gates by Peter.  When he asks why, all the questionable things he used his power to do are called into question, and that, despite his great faith, these actions have led to him being excluded from paradise.  This play brings up the question of faith, and belief and puts forward the point that, no matter how great your faith or how strongly you profess your faith, it is the work a person performs while they are alive that really count. It’s purpose is to get the audience thinking about the purpose and focus of faith, using the charismatic but controversial figure of  John Paul II as the catalyst.

The author will allow workshopping of the play.  Read more about playwright Mark Anthony

Author:  Mark Anthony

Genre: Religious drama

Type: Full length one act play

Length: One hour, 1 hour

Number of Actors:  Four,  3M, 1F

Ages of Actors:  One elderly, the others can be of any age

Suitable for : All ages

Set: Simple – a large desk and a chair

Level of Difficulty:  8/10 – the play is basically a discussion and the challenge of the actors will be to keep the attention of the audience.

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Cost is $6 for this digital play script

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Copyright August 2013 Mark Anthony and Off The Wall Play Publishers

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Restaurants at Beautiful Times – one act drama for four actors

short one act dramas


In this one act drama for four actors, the stage and the actor’s lives are divided into the ‘restaurant’ and the ‘place where the food is prepared.’   Jean and Myceneaus live and work in the place where the food is prepared. They have never known another existence, and theirs is grim existence at best.  Their only interaction is with the head waiter who liaises between both sides of the stage – both worlds, as it were.  This one act drama for four actors compares the worlds of the very rich and the very poor, and plays on the fact that neither side has any no idea what happens on ‘the other side.’  The play has been produced in Las Vegas by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and in New York by Working Man’s Clothes thus far.

The author would request that he approves/disapproves any dialogue changes or renaming of characters, but genders may be altered at the theatre’s discretion. Read more about David McGinnis

Author: David McGinnis

Genre: Drama

Type: One Act Play

Suitable for: All ages

Number of actors: four, 4

Ages of actors:  Middle aged actors

Set: Simple. A table, a chair, a rope hung from the fly/ceiling/rafters, and some clutter in Jean and Myceneaus’ area.

Level of  Difficulty:  6/10 – achieving tension and maintaining it

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Cost is $7.50 for this digital play script

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