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Herod Monologue
by Jonathan Boustead
01/04/11
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HEROD

Herod screams in anger, clutching a crinkled note...

What...is....THIS!? (he reads) 'The Magi have left by another route...' Those filthy, vicious liars!...(deep breath) They came to me...in search of a king. They. came. To ME in search of a king! I AM KING!

He realises.

Vile creatures...(he goes back to the note)...Another route. For what reason could they have possibly...What does this mean? What, does...this. MEAN!?...

He paces.

If they are not to come back, to tell me where this, this baby Jesus is...everything will be ruined. I will be ruined...I can't let that happen. This, this birth of a supposed King...a supposed Messiah, will bring nothing but destruction to what I have built. My kingdom. MY empire. My rule. Undermined! Gone! (he stops pacing, and looks up at the sky) NEVER!...

Beat. Slightly more calm...

There has to be a mistake. A-a-a misinterpretation of the scriptures. Yes. Yes that's it! A misinterpretation. It happens all the time. There has been a misinterpretation of the scriptures, and these fools are BLINDLY following a lie! Falsehood!...(he's not convinced)...It cannot be right. It-it can't be true. IT MAKES NO SENSE! God cannot, He-He would not lower Himself as to become, a baby? He's God in Heaven. God Almighty! God unchanging...if He's un.changing then how can He come to us. INVADING MY WORLD!...no. He won't. He shan't. (he looks up) I won't have it! (sarcastically?) God! You appoint the rulers of this land, and I, king Herod. Was appointed! This is my right. My God-given right...(calmly) and as such...I will live it out. This change. Won't happen...I can't. Let it happen...

Sinister.

If God has indeed, 'humbled' Himself, as to become a baby...human...innocent and helpless...then perhaps this, is not such a problem. He is only a baby after all...He doesn't do things by halves. (he laughs) I'm impressed...by becoming a little baby. He is made flesh. Human. And how do we get rid of humans? The scriptures say He is to die...I would only be speeding up the process. Doing Him a favour.

He smiles.

He shouldn't be too difficult to find...in fact...yes. He's made it easier than expected. If He wishes to live as a baby. Then He must also die as a baby. Shame really. I could have done with a challenge.

He looks out to the audience.

Let it be known. All children under the age of two, are two die. By the order of king Herod! This baby Jesus shall NOT survive!

Laugh.


END SCENE

Jonathan Boustead 2011

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