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MARRIAGE SUPPORT GROUP – written by Tanis Harms
SCRIPTURE: Prov.5:18; 1Cor.13:1-13;
. Eph.4:25-22, 5:15-32
Style: comedy/conversation: three couples attend
. a marriage support group to learn from
. each other’s experiences
Cast: COUNSELOR, BILL & SANDY,
. DAN & KAITLYN, ANDY & RACHEL
Set & Props: 7 chairs
(COUNSELOR and the couples sit down in semi-circle.)
COUNSELOR Everyone! Welcome to the marriage
. support group-
BILL (angrily to SANDY) Support group?!
. You said this was a cheese-tasting party.
SANDY (to BILL) Sorry. But- you refused
. to even consider marriage counseling-
BILL (stands up) I’m out of here.
DAN Are you a quitter?
BILL I never quit anything!
DAN You’re quitting this support group.
BILL I never started! And FYI - I’m never
. going to quit on our marriage.
. She is stuck with me forever – as is.
SANDY But you’ve quit on US, Bill.
BILL “US” - is the marriage!
COUNSELOR Actually, even if you stay in the marriage
. but you do not keep working
. on the relationship, that is the same
. as quitting the “us” part of marriage.
(BILL sits back down with great skepticism.)
BILL Ooookay, I’m listening.
COUNSELOR This support group is actually more than
. just listening. It’s also sharing.
. This way we can learn from each other.
. And sometimes we’re able to see ourselves
. better through the eyes of other people.
DAN Oh-oh-oh! Then let me start by saying-
. (to BILL) -YOU - sound very selfish-
COUNSELOR Ah, how about if you start with yourself?
DAN Ohhhh... okay. (clears throat)
. Hi, I’m Dan, and, I’m a recovering husband-
(KAITLYN swings a dirty look over at DAN.)
ANDY (chiding) Ohhhh, you’re in trouble now.
DAN And by recovering – I mean – I’m working
. on improving myself.
ANDY (leaning over) Good save!
DAN I mean it. I came to the realization
. that I always need to be improving –
. as a husband, a father, and, well,
. just as a man in general.
. I can only control myself.
COUNSELOR You bring up an excellent point, Dan.
DAN Thank you. I mean, how else could I even
. THINK about controlling my wife and kids?
. Huh? When I do good– they can feel guilty-
ANDY Ugh! So close.
COUNSELOR Doing and saying good things with
. the motive of controlling others is –
. still wrong.
KAITLYN Thank you!
DAN (to KAITLYN) Oh! And what about
. all your – crying – and-and –
. “Oh, I have to do everything around here”
. even when I have taken the garbage out.
ANDY Dude! Do all women do that?
(RACHEL drops her jaw at this statement with a gasp.)
COUNSELOR All forms of manipulation are wrong.
BILL So YEAH, exactly. Even when the wife says,
. “Oh honey, how sweet. I LOVE when you
. surprise me like that.”
(Confused, ALL stop to look at BILL.)
COUNSELOR Tell us, Bill, how is that wrong?
BILL Well, it’s like, she’s complimenting me
. and making me feel all good about being
. thoughtful and nice... She’s just-
. trying to get me to be all thoughtful
. and nice AGAIN! If it were up to her,
. it would be ALL THE TIME...
(ALL still stare at BILL.)
ANDY Dude, what if we were always thoughtful
. and nice. Things would probably be – nice!
SANDY How wonderful with THAT be?
BILL But the wives are supposed to obey, yes?
COUNSELOR The word is “submit” – and actually –
. all believers are supposed to submit
. to each other.
BILL Husbands are supposed to obey the wives?
. I’m not letting her boss me around.
. I get enough of that at work.
COUNSELOR Does anyone else have thoughts on this?
(HUSBANDS go into sulking and thinking poses.)
RACHEL Maybe it’s not so much about who’s the boss
. and MORE about working together and
. respecting each other.
KAITLYN But the home is MY area. There’s no way
. Dan is going to dictate how I run things
. there. What I say – goes!
BILL (making a whip-sound to DAN)
. Consider yourself a whipped man.
ANDY I suppose I’m the lucky one, then.
. My wife lets me do whatever I want.
RACHEL But I WANT you to step up and care
. about the family, and HELP run the home
. responsibly. Sometimes I feel more like
. your mother, than your wife.
ANDY Oh. I just assumed it was the wife’s job
. to nurture the husband and children.
BILL Exactly! My thoughts exactly!
RACHEL (to ANDY) They’re your children, also.
. You NEED to be a father to your children.
. I cannot be both parents!...
. You complain about how YOUR father was
. never there for you. Do you really
. want our children to feel that way too?
ANDY Ohhh. No. So it’s not so much about
. YOU getting a break from the kids –
. as it is me spending time with our kids.
SANDY THAT’S what I’m talking about!
BILL I thought this was about the marriage
. relationship, and not about being a father?
COUNSELOR It’s all connected. Or am I wrong, ladies?
SANDY It would actually be very romantic 5
. to see you take an interest in the kids,
. as well as me.
BILL Me-me-me! I knew it would come back
. to that.
DAN Aren’t us husbands doing the same thing?
COUNSELOR When kids see that their parents
. are getting along, they feel more secure.
. And it’s even more secure - when God is
. the glue – the foundation of both parents-
. the key to any successful relationship!
BILL I do not get how that works.
SANDY Have you forgotten what the pastor
. read at our wedding?
BILL That was a long time ago.
KAITLYN Most pastors read the scripture from
. 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Love is-
SANDY A sacrificial love!
BILL I really do not want to lose myself.
DAN Actually, I think it’s more about
. losing our pride.
ANDY The big ego-check!
KAITLYN Well, you cannot have reconciliation
. without apologies and forgiveness.
SANDY Although, if the other person is
. not willing to apologize, then one still
. needs to forgive them anyway; otherwise,
. you just become angry and bitter.
BILL Is this because I forget to buy you
. something for your Birthdays, oh,
. or for Valentine’s Day?
ANDY Dude, how have you survived this long?
BILL I just don’t see the point. They’re
. all just random days of the year.
. I’m very busy providing for EVERY day. And-
. (logically) -I don’t need or expect
. anything special from you on those days.
KAITLYN Well then, do you ever do something
. special for her on other “random” days?
(BILL and SANDY both sit very still.)
DAN That would be a “no.”
ANDY Dude, how have you survived this long?
BILL I just don’t see the point.
KAITLYN It’s called keeping the romance alive.
. You have to keep dating each other.
RACHEL It’s nice to celebrate what you have.
BILL It’s always about money! You know,
. I work very hard to support the family,
. and what thanks do I get?
SANDY You’re right. I always expect you
. to thank me for the work that I do,
. but - I really need to thank you
. for all your hard work.
BILL You’re welcome!
ANDY Dude! I still don’t think that gets
. you off the hook for forgetting Birthdays
. and Valentine’s Day.
BILL Well, I still don’t see why that’s
. so important. Maybe if you could put it
. in a way that I can understand...
(WIVES all go into thinking poses.)
BILL How much I spend should not have to equal
. how much I feel.
(RACHEL suddenly gets an idea.) 7
RACHEL Exactly! It’s more about the thought, and
. the time spent together. Ah... it’s the –
. emotional – INVESTMENT!
(KAITLYN adds to the idea.)
KAITLYN Right! If you do not INVEST in us -
. emotionally – how can you expect
. big returns?
(HUSBANDS all “ahhhh” their understanding.)
SANDY You’ll be happier – when we’re happier.
(HUSBANDS become suspicious again.)
COUSELOR You should have quit while you were ahead.
KAITLYN Well, by that we mean - we are happier
. when the relationship is working in unity.
. When we can hear and see that you love us.
BILL And THAT’S - a lot - of work.
COUNSELOR Relationships ARE work. Just think,
. you all hard at your jobs to have good
. relationships with your bosses, colleagues
. and clients, why would you NOT want to
. at least have the same at home -
. with the person you’re going to spend
. the rest of your life with?
. Never stop investing in that.