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TRIVIAL WORRIES (video) - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: worry, trust
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:25-34
Style: dramody/spoof of a 1940s dramatic movie
. where a Betty Davis type-woman worries
. "frets" about getting a new wardrobe
. and lunch
Style: 1940s style acting
Set & Props: 1940s style clothing, clip on earrings,
. purse, table, telephone, chair,
. notepad, pen
(Keep the tone of a black & white film, with the old
1940s style of dramatic yet under-emphasized acting.
WOMAN always remains composed with very proper
and lady-like actions and well-enunciated speech...
very Betty Davis.)
(WOMAN paces “anxiously”, then strikes a pose to study
her watch. Eyeing the telephone, she goes to dial out
and wait for an answer, removing an earring for comfort.
WOMAN tries to remain collected.)
W Hello, darling, I am rather curious
. as to your whereabouts.
(WOMAN pauses and sits down from hearing bad news.)
W Oh, I see. This is most dreadful and upsetting.
(WOMAN pauses and goes into a pout.)
W I am quite sorry to hear that, but -
. I was really counting on you –
. to take me shopping.
(WOMAN pauses, getting “angry”.)
W You do realize, don’t you,
. that you left me in a lurch?
. I mean, really! I simply
. cannot go one more week
. wearing LAST season’s fashions.
(WOMAN pauses, anger turning to self-pity) 2
W Of course, I DO understand if you must.
. I do hope your mother’s health crisis –
. takes a turn for the better -
. I really do. Ta-ta, darling.
(WOMAN begins to put her earring back on,
but thinks of someone else to call.
Her countenance switches to upbeat.)
W Hello, darling, this is Rebecca.
. How ARE you doing?
(WOMAN pauses, hopefully.)
W Splendid. Well, I was hoping you could collect me-
. we could do lunch, and then be off to shop-
. What’s that you’re saying?
(WOMAN pauses, feeling very let down.)
W Oh, so sad to hear, for my part.
. But, congrats to you, I suppose.
. Promotions are - usually positive events -
. but - must you really work today-of-all-days?
(WOMAN pauses, then becomes sarcastic.)
W Yes, you are quite right.
. I suppose I am most fortunate
. to inherit a truckload, as you put it.
. (angrily) But what am I to do?
. I find myself in a conundrum,
. and in desperate need of updated outfits.
(WOMAN pauses, sighs, then goes back to pouting mode.)
W You do realize, this is causing MUCH anxiety.
. I’m also in DIRE need of some nourishment.
(WOMAN pauses, matter-of-factly.)
W Simply put, my cook has the day off.
(WOMAN pauses with an angry pout.)
W Oh, all right, I’ll leave you
. to your work then-Ciao.
(WOMAN hangs up, then poses in a concerned position, 3
freezing in a thinking-mode. Then she dials out.)
W (pleading) Hello, Mabel, dear.
. I do realize you have the day off,
. but could you possibly find it in your heart
. to rush right over and fix me something to eat?
(WOMAN pauses, then begins moaning her words.)
W Of COURSE you have a FAMILY to feed,
. but I’m MOST certain I CANnot survive without you.
(WOMAN pauses, taken aback.)
W But – WHAT shall-I-do? What are you saying?
. One moment! I need a piece of paper
. so I can write down what you are saying!
(WOMAN quickly takes out pen and paper to take notes,
scrambling helplessly in confusion.)
W Okay, you were saying- Bread? In the pantry.
. Butter, in – the - refrigerator.
. Along with the cucumbers, you said?
. (pauses, perplexed)
. But how ever does one make them so pretty,
. and finger-sized?
(WOMAN pauses, astounded.)
W Simply cut off the crust.
. Really? In any shape desired?!
. You have such confidence in my abilities,
. although, I can only trust in
. your well-intended instructions.
W Yes, I suppose these things ARE rather trivial,
. and I SHOULD stop worrying so.
. (sincerely) Thank you, Mabel, darling.
. You always seem to be there for me,
. even when you are not. And - I certainly trust
. I will you will be there tomorrow, then!
. (hangs up sighing, then speaks while exiting)
. Could there be ANYONE else more dependable?