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UNDIVIDED ATTENTION –(video example) written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: be considerate to others
SCRIPTURE: Matt.7:12, Phil.2:1-5
Style: drama/conversation: a couple is out
. on their first date, but the woman
. ignores the man by constantly
. answering her cellphone
Cast: MARK, ANNA, WAITER
Set & Props: table, 2 chairs, menus, 2 glasses of water,
. purse, cellphone, wallet, 5 dollar bill,
(WAITER ushers MARK and ANNA to a table.)
W Here are your menus. I’ll give you a moment
. to look them over.
M Thank you.
A Well, this sure is nice. I’ve never been to this
. restaurant before.
M (a little nervous) Neither have I.
. I just - hope - it’s as good as everyone says.
A (laughing a little) Are you nervous?
M A little. Aren’t you?
A Of course. First dates are always nerve-wracking.
. Trust me, I’ve been on so many.
M So many? Do you mean, dates, or FIRST dates?
A First dates! Yes. It’s such a struggle these days
. to find a guy who wants to commit.
M Well, the only reason why I date, is - to-
(ANNA’S cellphone rings and she pulls it from her purse.)
A Oh, excuse me! (answering) Hi Carol, I’ve been
. waiting for your call. What took you so long?...
(MARK wonders at this but goes to study the menu.
WAITER enters to bring them glasses of “water.”
Seeing ANNA on phone, WAITER nods and walks away.)
A I’m on the date right now. Yes – yes – YES!
. Okay-Talk to you later.
(ANNA hangs up and leaves her phone on the table.)
A I think Carol loves to live vicariously through me.
. So you were saying?
M Ahhh, yessss, oh - ah – the main reason why I date –
. is to find the right person –
. (ANNA’S cellphone rings again) to – commit – to –
(ANNA puts up a finger and answers.)
A Doug! (puts a hand over the mouthpiece)
. It’s my brother!
(MARK nods an unsure “okay” then studies the menu again.
WAITER enters, sees ANNA on phone and exits.)
A Did you pick up the gift from the engravers?
. Did you make sure they spelled everything correctly
. BEFORE they wrapped it all up?... Awesome!
. I’ll be calling the caterers later tomorrow
. to confirm... Fantastic! I can’t wait. Ta.
. (hangs up, to MARK) My brother, sister and I
. are planning a surprise party for our parents’
. 30th anniversary. They’ve been married 30 years,
. can you believe it? It’s sad how relationships
. fall apart so easily these days.
. You just wonder why that is.
M Well, it COULD be as simple as – respect –
. (phone starts ringing)
. Like - showing consideration – for others-
A I couldn’t agree more! Ah, that’s why I really MUST
. take this. (answers) Jessica! Are you all right?
. What’s wrong? Tell me. Just calm down and tell me.
(MARK looks around trying not to look disgusted.
W Did – you want to order now?
M I have no idea what she’d even like.
W You could just – take a chance-
M I’d afraid she might be allergic to something.
W Good thinking.
(WAITER exits. MARK tries to wait patiently.)
A (still to phone) Okay, it’s going to be all okay.
. Really. Just call me later when you have
. some more news on that. Okay? I love you!
. (hangs up) I don’t know what Jessica would do
. without me. Everything is always a crisis.
M Is she all right?
A She just needed to vent. Her landlord is taking
. his sweet old time fixing her one element.
M That’s – terrible.
A (laughing) It is. You know how you can have
. your favorite element on a stove? IF you ever cook.
. (grabs phone) Oh, my sister’s texting me.
. She wants to know how the date is going.
. (speaks while replying) “Good. How is yours?”
M Ask her what you usually like to eat.
A (speaks while replying) “LOL, he’s now asking me
. to ask you - what I like to eat.”
. (looks up) She responded with an “LOL.”
. (looks at phone) Oh, she has a call coming in.
M So what sort of things WOULD you like to eat?
A That is a good question, I suppose. I’m always
. wondering though, why people feel the need
. to talk about such frivolous matters. I mean,
. how can you really get to know someone that way?
(Phone rings again. MARK’S mouth drops open.)
M Ah-huh. Don’t you – have an answering service?
A I just find answering services very rude.
. (looks at phone) Huh, I don’t even recognize
. this name. (answering) Hello? Huh? Oh! That’s
. too funny. I saw your name and didn’t recognize it.
(WAITER enters and looks at MARK, who shrugs.)
W Did YOU want to order anything? An appetizer?
M I better wait.
W Would like more water?
M No, thank you, I’m good for now.
(WAITER walks away. ANNA hangs up, laughing.)
A THAT was a wrong number. So – wow – maybe the food
. is good here, but the service sure is slow.
M About that – maybe if you told me what you want –
A I like that. Straight to the point – meaningful -
. I’m looking for a man who’s willing to stick around –
. through thick and thin, sickness and health-
. and all that- (phone rings) Oh, give me a minute.
. (answers) Hey, what’s up?...
(WAITER approaches with eyes rolling. MARK motions
for the WAITER to wait. MARK pulls out a bill
to give to the WAITER.)
M Thanks for your service. I’ll – let her know –
(ANNA is absorbed in her conversation. Sighing,
MARK pulls out his cellphone and dials out.)
A (to phone) Hang on, I’ve got another call coming in.
. (pushing button) Hello?
M Hi, Anna, this is Mark.
A (unsure) Maaarrrrk-
M The guy who’s sitting at the table... 5
. across from you.
(ANNA looks over at MARK, a little stunned.
MARK waves and smiles.)
M Hi. Yeah, look, I’ve decided that this
. just is not working out.
. I’ve already tipped our waiter and I’ll be leaving.
. It was – nice meeting you – I guess.
(MARK hangs up with a shrug, waves and exits.
ANNA goes to her other line.)
A I don’t believe this. My date just walked out on me.
. I mean, how inconsiderate! Aren’t there ANY nice men
. out there? Chivalry and romance must be dead.
(ANNA exits while talking. WAITER shakes head
while cleaning up the water glasses.)