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by Cleveland McLeish
05/02/05
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The Trial


Original Stageplay

by

Cleveland O. McLeish













Cleveland O. McLeish
42 Claremont Drive
Old Harbour P. O.
St. Catherine
Jamaica W. I.

email: cabcom2000@yahoo.com
tele: (876) 745-2404


FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT

I once had to encounter my own reflection in the mirror. It was there that I recognized all the blemishes and spots in my life and I knew I wasn't perfect. But God has made it possible for imperfect beings to inherit eternal life. Yet one has to admit that the road is not easy. The obligations and responsibilities that we have to God and people far outweigh our own human potential. That's when I knew that success would not be based on our own abilities, but on the Spirit of God in our lives.

Then I saw the world as a courtroom. I heard the accusations made against the church as I walk the streets; standing in line at the post office; on the news, practically everywhere. I heard them say the church is asleep. I heard them say we have turned our backs on morality and it hurt me deeply as the accusations escalated with each passing year.

Then I saw the judge, seated on his throne; the prosecutor, grinning, preparing his case; the defense, sweating, ready to defend the one man who stood for all Christians. And through this play, I present a reflection of ourselves in light of various scriptural references.

LIST OF CHARACTERS

Judge Jehovah God
Prosecutor
Defense
Christian
Voice - Voice of Bailiff
Dr. Omar Murray Child Doctor
Reginald Bowe Mortician
Betty Warwick Nurse
Hubert Clarke Warden
Maria Duncan Sinner
John Cretchin Computer Hacker
Windell James Drug Dealer
Marie Christian Christian's Wife
Georginia Riley Church Sister
Uriel Angel
Benedict Roberts Beggar
Dr. Wilbert French Phychologist
The Holy Spirit.


SETTING

There is just one setting. A Courtroom. The Judge will have his high rise seat, the prosecutor a table and a chair SR, the defense a table and a chair SL. These will be set up according to preference. The audience would be the Congregates that one would expect to fill the courtroom behind the counselors.

NOTE

Most of these characters can be doubled. I also did not specify the dress-code of each character, as this would depend on what period of time the play is done and the dress code of whichever country in particular.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES

* Deutoronomy 22:5
* 2 Chronicles 7:14
* St. Matthew 25
* St. Matthew 28
* 1 Corinthians 8:13
* Phillipians 2

SUMMARY

Christian will stand Trial in the Court of Eternity. He represents the entire Christian Community. The Prosecution will seek to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Christians are unredeemable and that God should end the world now.
















THE SCRIPT

LIGHTS UP

VOICE: In the courtroom of eternity, the trial of the century is about to begin. The forces of darkness have brought numerous accusations against Christian. He will attempt to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that man is unredeemable and God should choose to end this world now and not delay His second Coming for the sake of Humans.

(Enter DEFENSE, DEFENDANT & PROSECUTOR)

VOICE: This should be a time of personal reflection, as we all examine ourselves from the perspective of this Trial. We will see, as a man that beholds himself in the mirror, a true reflection of our nature and spiritual position in God. And we will have all opportunity to decide what the final verdict will be?


(The DEFENSE sits at a table SL. He scans through numerous files on his desk, while the DEFENDANT, sits humbly with his head bowed waiting.)

(The PROSECUTOR is tormented. He claps his pen against the table. Cross and criss cross his legs, gets up, sits down, walks about etc. His eyes are glued towards US and he twitches continuously until finally the BALIFFE'S voice echos through the auditorium)

VOICE: ALL RISE!

(Everyone [including the audience] should stand.)

VOICE: Judge Jehovah God presiding.

(God enters and takes His place behind the high rise throne. His very mannerism define authority, His very voice defines Truth.)

(God slams the mallet hard on a metal saucer and speaks as one who commands even thunder.)

GOD: This court is now called to order. You may be seated.
(everyone sits. God checks his notes)
The prosecutor may present his opening arguments.

(The PROSECUTOR rise.)


PROSECUTOR: Thank you Your honour. My compliments on the suit.
Lovely tie...nice shiny shoes...

GOD: Could we get on with it. If you don't mind.

PROSECUTOR: Certainly!
(Clears throat)
I strongly doubt that I could summarize all that the
Defendant has done, but I believe that there's a word
that covers it all. SIN! Is it not? I will prove to this court, that Christian is guilty of innumerable acts of sin and by law, he should be cut off from all righteousness and given like sentence such as demons have received. Your honour, it has always been your wish to see man redeemed to his former state. But needless I state the obvious that he has proven himself as being un-redeemable and I would implore of our fellow congregates, not to allow any form of self preference to cloud your judgement in seeing that Christian is guilty, guilty, guilty...and in like terms he should be severely and eternally punished.

(Prosecutor breathes hard to calm himself and takes a seat.)

(God finish taking a few notes and gestures towards the DEFENSE, who stands)

DEFENSE: Your honour. It is with great disdain that I...

(Prosecutor jumps to his feet)

PROSECUTOR: Objection Your honour!

GOD: On what grounds?

PROSECUTOR: The Defense has used the pronoun 'I' implying that he
is the one on trial and not the defendant.

GOD: Sit down.

(Prosecutor immediately sits.)

DEFENSE: Yes. I thought it to be my soul duty to offer a defense
on behalf of my client, Christian. I am not saying that
Christian is being falsely accused of sin. The
scriptures clearly tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and for a man to say otherwise
would be to call God - [you] a liar, which you are not or
could ever be. The scriptures also state that any man
who acknowledges, confesses and turn from his sin should
be considered righteous, being liable and very much worthy of eternal life.

(The prosecutor jumps to his feet as the Defense sits.)

PROSECUTOR: Your Honour, The prosecution request that you step
down from this case.

GOD: I beg your pardon!

PROSECUTOR: I do not believe you are the best person to stand over
this case, seeing that you are both the writer of the bible
and the creator of man...

GOD: Sit down.

(The prosecutor immediately sits.)

GOD: And for the record, let it be noted that the Defendant will
be judged by the Bible and not by personal preference,
emotions or beliefs. Mr. Christian...
(Christian and the Defense stands.)
You are aware of the charges brought against you today?

CHRSITIAN: I am.

GOD: And of these charges, how do you plea?

CHRISTIAN: Not guilty, your honour.

GOD: Noted. You may be seated.
(To Prosecutor)
You may call your first witness.

(The prosecutor stands.)

PROSECUTOR: I call to the stand, Dr. Omar St. Augustine Murray.

(Dr. Murray enters. He walks to the witness stand and raise his right hand as the prosecutor approaches him with a bible. Dr. Murray rests his left hand on the bible.)

PROSECUTOR: Do you...

DR. MURRAY (interrupting): I do.

(Dr. Murray sits. The prosecutor consults his files.)

PROSECUTOR: For the record Doctor, could you state your
profession.

DR. MURRAY: I am a Doctor.

PROSECUTOR: What kind of a doctor?

DR. MURRAY: One who specializes in child care.

PROSECUTOR: Very good. Could you tell us how you differentiate
between a girl and a boy at child birth?

(Defense jumps to his feet)

DEFENSE: Objection Your Honour. This is highly irrelevant.

PROSECUTOR: If the court will permit, I will get to the point soon
enough.

GOD: Very well. You may proceed.

(Defense sits)

PROSECUTOR: Please answer the question Doctor.

DR. MURRAY: Well...to be honest there's just one way really. By
looking at their...you know.

PROSECUTOR: Be a little more specific Doctor.

DR. MURRAY: By looking at their private parts.

PROSECUTOR: A little more specific Doctor.

GOD: I think we all know what the Doctor is referring to, so
please proceed.

PROSECUTOR: Doctor, how do you differentiate between a Christian
and a Non Christian

DR. MURRAY: Well...ahh. That in itself has gotten quite difficult,
seeing that they all dress alike; women cut their hair; men grow their hair, etc.

PROSECUTOR: So how do you tell the difference?

DR. MURRAY: By looking at their private lives I guess.

PROSECUTOR: Private Lives, Doctor?

DR. MURRAY: Yes. What they do when the lights go out; when the
doors close, that kind of a thing.

PROSECUTOR: Doctor. Do you know the defendant?

(Dr, Murray looks directly at Christian)

DR. MURRAY: Yes I do.

PROSECUTOR: Would you say that his behavior defines Christianity.

DR. MURRAY: No.

PROSECUTOR: How about his dress code?

DR. MURRAY: No.

PROSECUTOR: Maybe his conversations?

DR. MURRAY: No.

PROSECUTOR: How he treats his fellow brother?

DR. MURRAY: No.

PROSECUTOR: And I could go on and on and on. Couldn't I, Doctor?

DR. MURRAY: I guess.

PROSECUTOR: No further questions, Your Honour.

(The prosecutor sits. God takes notes and then lifts his head casting his eyes towards the defense table. The Defense rise.)

DEFENSE: Doctor, could you clarify all that you've just said.

DR. MURRAY: It's very simple. I do not believe that Christian is a
Christian because everything about him is in direct opposition to the word of God.

DEFENSE: In what way?

DR. MURRAY: He's boisterous. Very rebellious and hardly follows
instructions. Disrespectful to his elders and those in authority. He pierces his body in unmentionable places, wears whatever he feels like, and goes wherever he wants to. He is always telling rude jokes and idle jesting and he's sexually active.

(Defense appears stunned by those last words)

DEFENSE: How do you know that he's active sexually?

DR. MURRAY: Because he got my daughter pregnant.

(Gasp from the audience.)

DEFENSE: How did that make you feel, Doctor?

DR. MURRAY: Angry!

DEFENSE: Vengeful, arrogant...

PROSECUTOR: Objection...

DEFENSE: Withdrawn.
(pause)
Doctor, when was the last time you spoke to my client.

DR. MURRAY: I...don't remember.

DEFENSE: Five, maybe six years ago.

DR. MURRAY: Maybe. I'm not sure.

DEFENSE: Was it before or after your daughter's graduation.

DR. MURRAY: Before.

DEFENSE: How long has it been since she graduated.

DR. MURRAY: Five years, Two months, One week and four days.

DEFENSE: I assume that your precision is based on the fact that it
was graduation night that she told you she was pregnant?

DR. MURRAY: Yes.

DEFENSE: Are you aware that Christian has been attending church
now for only four years.

(Silence)

DEFENSE: Are you?

You can get the full script here: http://www.christianplaywright.org/THETRIAL.htm

Cleveland O. McLeish THE TRIAL Page 10
Copyright 2003 - Cleveland O. McLeish



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