Short Dramas and Plays
Parable of the Sower
by Steven Dexheimer
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(Narrator begins the sketch on stage. Persons 1-8 enter. Person 1 goes up to Narrator while Persons 2-8 line up behind them.)
Person 1: (Holding a script, looking confused; to Narrator) Um, hey.
Narrator: Hi, can I help you?
Person 1: Yeah. I’m supposed to be in this sketch called “The Parable of the Sower”, but I’m having some trouble understanding it. I figure that if I’m going to be in the drama, I should know what it’s about.
Narrator: That’s understandable, but how do you want me to help?
Person 1: Well, you’re the Narrator. Aren't narrators supposed to know all?
Narrator: (Confused) What do you mean I’m the Narrator?!
Person 1: (Hands script to Narrator) It says right here in the script. (Pointing) See, that’s you. (Narrator quietly mouths the last couple of lines.)
Narrator: (Turns to Persons 2-8) Wha-? Why didn’t anyone tell me?! (Everyone shrugs, Narrator sighs) All right, all right. Perhaps if we (glancing at group behind him) tell the story, maybe you’ll understand.
Person 1: Good, I love stories! (Person 1 and Narrator move to the side as Persons 2-8 get into position to act out the story.)
Narrator: Imagine, if you will: a large lake on a warm summer’s day. Hundreds of people are crowded along the shore, pressing in close to hear Jesus speak. In fact, it’s so crowded that Jesus had to get into a boat and sail out a short distance. Now, one of the ways that Jesus taught was through parables, and this was one of them:
Person 4: A farmer went out to sow his seed…
Person 3/Farmer: (Pantomiming pulling seeds from a bag and scattering them; singing) A farming I will go, a farming I will go… (Returns to original position)
Person 4: As he was scattering seed, some fell along the path…
Person 5/Path Seed: (Path Seed drops down to hands and knees) A path? Great! I love to travel!
Person 4: …And the birds came and ate it up.
Person 3/Bird: Caw! (Grabs Path Seed by the shoulders, lifts P.S. up; begins to pull him/her away.)
Path Seed: But I hate to fly! (Bird and Path Seed return to original position.)
Person 2: Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.
Person 6/Rocky Seed: (Rocky Seed drops down to hands and knees.) No soil? That’s fine with me. Dirt is just so…dirty.
Person 2: It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. (Rocky Seed pops up into kneeling position) But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched…
Person 3/Sun: (Pulls out a flashlight and shines it over Rocky Seed) In my world, every day is a Sun-day!
Rocky Seed: Enough of the third degree already! (Curls into a ball.)
Person 2: …And they withered because they had no root. (Rocky Seed gets up and returns to original position)
Person 4: Other seeds fell among thorns… (Weed Seed and Person 3/Weed both drop to their hands and knees.)
Person 7/Weed Seed: (Pops up to kneeling position and spread out his/her arms) What a lovely neighborhood! (Weed also pops up to a kneeling position and spreads arms; looks at Weed Seed with an evil grin. To Weed) Hello! Won’t you be my neighbor?
Person 4: …Which grew up and choked the plants. (Weed starts choking Weed Seed.)
Weed Seed: (Gagging) Does this mean I won’t get a housewarming gift? (Both return to original position)
Person 4: Still other seed fell on good soil…
Person 8/Good Seed: (Good Seed drops down to hands and knees.) Ahh, a great place to veg out!
Person 4: …where it produced a crop…
Good Seed: (Good Seed pops up to a kneeling position and spreads out his/her arms.)A hundred…
Path Seed and Road Seed: (Dropping down into kneeling position and spreading arms) Sixty…
Weed Seed and Person 3: (Dropping down into kneeling position and spreading arms) …Or thirty times what was sown.
Person 2: He who has ears, let him hear.
Person 1: (Marching to center stage, waving arms) Hold it, hold it, hold it! (Every stops, gets up, and looks over to Person 1)
Narrator: What is it?
Person 1: This was all very entertaining, but I still don’t get it. What was Jesus talking about?
Narrator: You know, Jesus’ disciples wondered that too.
Person 2: Listen then to what the parable of the sower means…
Person 3: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
Path Seed: That is the seed sown along the path.
Person 4: The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the one who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
Rocky Seed: But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
Person 2: The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word…
Weed Seed: …But the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
Good Seed: But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it.
Narrator: (To Person 1) Now, does that help?
Person 1: Absolutely! Now I understand what Jesus was talking about, and…(Tosses the script to Narrator)…my job is done. (Starts to walk off)
Narrator: Whoa, wait a minute! What do you mean your job is done? What about the sketch?
Person 1: The sketch is over now. Thanks for the help! (Leaves; Narrator looks confused, flips through script, looks back at Persons 2-8. They shrug, turn and leave.)
Narrator: (To audience) What just happened here? (Shakes head and leaves)
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