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WICKED TENANTS – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Jesus’ sacrifice
SCRIPTURE: Mt.21:33-44; Mk.12:1-11; Lk.20:9-18
Style: allegory/conversation: landowner discusses
. with his assistant the need for his son
. to tend to estate business despite
. the inevitable rejection
Cast: LANDOWNER, ASSISTANT, SON
Set & Props: table, chair, paperwork
(LANDOWNER sits at a desk, looking over paperwork
when ASSISTANT enters.)
ASSISTANT Bad news, sir.
LANDOWNER (sadly) Again?
ASSISTANT At your vineyard.
LANDOWNER I spent a lot of money fortifying it,
. and hiring skilled servants, so that
. everyone would stay safe.
ASSISTANT Obviously, the crimes are being committed
. by those living and working within
. your estate.
LANDOWNER What is it this time?
ASSISTANT This last servant that you sent - they –
. beat and killed him.
LANDOWNER How many does that make?
ASSISTANT You have lost a lot of servants in this way.
LANDOWNER Yes. Well, I know what I must do then.
ASSISTANT You’re not going to go?
LANDOWNER I will send my son.
ASSISTANT I fear – they will- 2
LANDOWNER You don’t believe they will respect him?
ASSISTANT Just knowing how those people think–
. they will think... They will think
. that if they kill the heir-
. then everything will become theirs.
LANDOWNER Go, get my son. Go on.
(ASSISTANT exits with hesitancy and returns with SON.)
LANDOWNER I need you to go- see to the people-
(SON nods obediently and begins to leave.)
ASSISTANT But, you know what they will do.
SON This is something that I must do.
(SON exits. LIGHTS dim.)
LANDOWNER (whispering) They will reject and kill him.