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DISGUISED EXCLAMATIONS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: taking God’s name in vain
SCRIPTURE: Ex.20:7; Deut.5:11; Ps.29:2, 139:20;
. Mt.6:9; Jhn.9:31; Eph.5:4; 2 Tim.2:16;
. James 5:16
Style: allegory/conversation: a person slightly
. alters curse words trying to sound cool
. like an enemy of the authority
Cast: ENEMY 1-2, PERSON 1-2
Set & Props: watch or cellphone
(PERSON 1 enters and overhears the conversation between
ENEMY 1 & 2. It is obvious that PERSON 1 looks up to
ENEMY 1 & 2, who act very cool.)
E 2 Hey! Did you get my email?
E 1 Down with authority! I sure did. You blew my mind
. with your insight. Authority!
E 2 (lightly) Down authority! And it’s all true.
. I saw it for myself.
E 1 (unbelievingly) Down with authority!
. (seeing PERSON 1) Isn’t that right?
P 1 Yeah, definitely. Ah, are you blaming authority
. for that? I mean, authority has nothing to do
. with what you’re talking about, really.
E 1 Huh? It’s just the way I talk.
P 1 But – you seem to keep mentioning – the authority.
E 1 Hey, seriously! I’m sure – the authority
. IS to blame for EVERYTHING! If it even exits!
. (to ENEMY 2) You know what I’m talking about.
. Authority! Whatever! Anyway,
. (back to ENEMY 2) So you can’t blame Susan
. for going off the deep end, right?
E 2 (agreeing) Down authority – so true!
P 1 Ah, yeah. Down – with - authority.
E 1 (looks at time) Oh my authority!
. Gotta be somewhere!
(As ENEMY 1 exits, ENEMY 2 looks at PERSON 1.)
E 2 Down authority - s/he’s so cool! Well,
. I should be going too. See you around.
(ENEMY 2 exits. PERSON 1 turns and bumps into PERSON 2.)
P 2 Hey, how’re you doing?
P 1 Down with authority, I’m doing fine!
P 2 (shocked) So what, have you now become an enemy
. to the authority?
P 1 Huh? No, just – expressing myself.
. It’s just an expression. I love the authority.
P 2 But only the enemies of the authority
. talk like that.
P 1 Down with the – (purposeful) - auth! See?
. Is that better? I didn’t say it.
P 2 Is that supposed to be a clever attempt to
. disguise the saying?
P 1 I didn’t say the word. “Auth!” It means nothing.
. I mean, “Auth!” you’re being so uptight.
P 2 Why do you even want to pretend to SOUND
. like an enemy?
P 1 Down with the auth! I’m not. It means nothing.
. Especially because when I’m saying it, I’m NOT
. MEANING it.
P 2 It still SOUNDS like you mean it.
P 1 (waving it off lightly) Down with the auth!
. EVERYBODY’S saying it.
P 2 Well, I’m not. I respect the authority. 3
. I’m not about to-
P 1 Why are you so judgmental all of a sudden?
P 2 Just don’t want to see you running into trouble
. with the authority.
P 1 Oh, auth! You’re being way too serious about this.
. It’s not that big a deal, right?
. It means nothing. What ELSE am I supposed to say?
P 2 How about saying whatever you actually mean?
. Saying something that is actually meaningful.
P 1 Oh auth! So, how does that go?
P 2 Well, if something bad happens, you say,
. “That must have been terrible, how can I help you?”
. Or if something’s a surprise, you could say,
. “Hey, that was unexpected. Nice of you to surprise
. me like that.” Or if you see something that
. you like, you can always say, “That’s so cool,
. where did you get that?” You know, use words.
. There are lots of words you can use that would
. probably express what you want with more clarity.
. I mean, your choice.
P 1 (sighs) Certainly something to think about.