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RUTH AND BOAZ - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: relationships, loyalty
Style: satire/spoof on Dragnet: Boaz, foreman,
. and the kinsman go through the romantic
. "deal" of how Ruth caught Boaz’s attention.
Cast: BOAZ, FOREMAN, KINSMAN
Set & Props: wear sandals
(BOAZ saunters on to address the congregation.)
BOAZ It happened at the end of one
. drought-filled season.
. It was when I went out to observe
. my crops being harvested –
. that I noticed her. Curious,
. I called over my foreman...
(FOREMAN rushes up to BOAZ to talk.)
BOAZ So, can you tell me anything
. about the new girl?
FOREMAN She asked permission
. to glean in your fields.
BOAZ Really? Know her name?
FOREMAN Ruth, from the land of Moab.
BOAZ Ruth, the Moabite.
. Who does she belong to?
FOREMAN Was married to Mahlon. He died.
. As did his brother, Kilion.
BOAZ Any chance of one being born?
FOREMAN Her father-in-law, Elimelech - died.
BOAZ Lots of death in that family.
FOREMAN She chose to leave her land and come here 2
. with her mother-in-law, Naomi.
. Said she’d look after her mother-in-law.
BOAZ Didn’t want to stay with her people?
FOREMAN She wanted to make Naomi’s people – her people,
. and Naomi’s God – her God.
BOAZ That’s one loyal, hard-working woman.
. Caring, too. Heard Naomi isn’t
. the happiest mother-in-law to have around.
. Have your men leave
. extra stalks behind for her to collect.
. Let her drink from your water –
. And while you're at it - keep her safe.
FOREMAN That all?
BOAZ No - ask her to join me for lunch.
(FOREMAN leaves. BOAZ turns back to the congregation.)
BOAZ Over a light lunch, I discovered
. she was a humble woman of integrity,
. and I told her I was a kinsman
. of her late husband’s.
. She must have told her mother-in-law.
. Because one night, Ruth surprised me,
. during the time me and my men were
. protecting the grain from theft.
. Following Naomi’s instructions,
. she went through our normal customs
. in requesting my hand in marriage.
. There was just one hitch –
. I was not the kinsman next in line.
. This needed to be addressed. So –
. I hung out at the town gate.
. It was there that I found him...
(KINSMAN walks past BOAZ who catches his attention.)
BOAZ Hey, you’re the kinsmen
. next in line to Elimelech?
KINSMAN Yeah, what about it?
BOAZ Naomi is selling the land 3
. that belongs to our brother.
KINSMAN I’m interested.
BOAZ When you buy it,
. you also get Ruth, the Moabite.
. You will have to maintain the name of the dead
. with his property.
KINSMAN Then, I'm not interested.
. Don’t want to endanger my own estate.
. Don’t need the aggravation.
. YOU'RE the next in line, you redeem it.
BOAZ I will.
(KINSMAN takes off a sandal, gives it to BOAZ, then leaves.
BOAZ turns back to the congregation.)
BOAZ And so I did.
. After we went through all the proper customs,
. an elder blessed me.
. Ruth and I were married
. and we had a son named Obed,
. who became the grandfather of King David.
. Naomi cheered up, telling everyone that
. her daughter-in-law’s love
. was better than having seven sons.
. And I would have to say –
. I certainly HAVE been blessed.