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UNMERCIFUL SERVANT – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: mercy, forgiveness
Style: allegory/conversation: Maggie is forgiven
. her debts by Darlene, but meanwhile
. refuses to forgive the minor debt of Gwen,
. who is momentarily struggling to make
. ends meet
Cast: MAGGIE; NANCY; DARLENE; GWEN
Set & Props: purse
(MAGGIE and NANCY enter and stop to chat.)
NANCY So, Darlene did not ask for any
. of that money back?
MAGGIE Not at all. Not one cent.
NANCY Just how much did you owe her?
MAGGIE One and a half million dollars.
NANCY What? That is a ton of money!
MAGGIE Well, remember, I wanted to open
. my accessories boutique?
NANCY Yeah, but, she paid for the whole thing?
. Why not just give you enough for
. a down payment?
MAGGIE My credit rating was not good enough
. to get a loan.
NANCY Why would Darlene take such
. a huge risk on you?
MAGGIE She’s a friend, at least.
. If you’re my friend, how dare
. you call me a risk!
NANCY You – have a poor credit rating.
MAGGIE I could turn that around.
NANCY Have you?
NANCY Turned it around? Is your boutique
. making any money at all?
. Are you showing any profits?
MAGGIE Noooo. Hey, it takes time
. to establish a business.
NANCY Not that much time. You’ve had this
. a couple of years, now.
MAGGIE What can I say – times are tough.
NANCY Or, you are a very bad manager
. of time and money.
MAGGIE Wow. Are you sure you’re my friend?
NANCY Hey, I’m just saying-
MAGGIE Oh, look, here comes Gwen!
NANCY You sound angry.
MAGGIE I am.
(GWEN enters and MAGGIE pounces on her.
At the same time, DARLENE enters, and
stops to watch.)
MAGGIE Gwen! Remember, last week,
. you borrowed a hundred dollars from me
. to help pay your rent.
GWEN Yes. I am still working on that.
GWEN You’re not expecting that back
. right away?
MAGGIE Immediately! I want to have
. my nails done this afternoon.
(GWEN frantically searches her purse.)
GWEN I’m sorry. Could you wait until next week?
. I’ll try to scrape up the money by then.
MAGGIE That’s a hundred dollars out of my pocket!
. It’s mine, and I want it back right now!
GWEN Maggie, please, understand.
. I just lost my job.
. I’m starting a new one next week-
MAGGIE Not soon enough!
GWEN There’s nothing I can do about it.
MAGGIE Well, until you pay me back, I’m going
. to make your life so miserable!
(GWEN rushes off crying. MAGGIE angry, but pleased
with herself, turns around and comes face-to-face
with DARLENE, who stands there knowingly.)
MAGGIE Dar- Darlene.
DARLENE Maggie. I can see that you do not
. appreciate anything I’ve done for you –
. at all.
MAGGIE No – I – do appreciate –
DARLENE You will now pay me back.
MAGGIE I can’t do that!
. I don’t have the money!
DARLENE You can sell your boutique.
MAGGIE But – that’s - like my baby.
DARLENE You’ll be hearing from my lawyers.
(DARLENE exits in the direction that GWEN left.
MAGGIE swings back to NANCY.)
MAGGIE Unbelievable. Did you see what she did?
NANCY Hey! I cannot blame her, one bit.
MAGGIE You’re on her side?
NANCY Yeah! You – are on your own.
(NANCY exits, leaving a bewildered MAGGIE.)