One Starry Night
© 2005 David Ian
Sheep #1: NEVILLE
Sheep #2: NIGEL
Sheep #3: TRAVIS
Sheep #4: EDGAR
Sheep #5: BRIDGET
AT RISE: NEVILLE, EDGAR, BRIDGET and NIGEL are DC looking out towards the audience.
NEVILLE: Well, here we are.
EDGAR: And there they go.
NEVILLE: Did any of ‘em stay behind?
BRIDGET: Just ran off, did they?
EDGAR: Left us to fend for ourselves.
NEVILLE: Just to wander around all alone.
BRIDGET: No one to defend us from predators.
NIGEL: (pause) Nope.
EDGAR: ‘Spose it could be worse.
NEVILLE: (concerned) I assume they’re coming back sometime, don’t you think?
NIGEL: (long pause) Yep.
TRAVIS: Hey Neville, Edgar. Hello Bridget.
NEVILLE, EDGAR & BRIDGET (ragged overlapping): Hey Travis.
TRAVIS: You okay, Nigel?
TRAVIS: Looks like we got stranded up here while they all went running off downtown.
NEVILLE: How about that, huh?
TRAVIS: You know, it’d serve ‘em right if we all just got up and scattered around this hillside.
EDGAR: (snorts) It’d take ‘em weeks to find us all.
TRAVIS: Assuming we’d want to be found.
BRIDGET: Oh! There goes Henry again.
TRAVIS: Henry! Over here!
TRAVIS: Dumb sheep. Mark my words, he’ll get lost again.
NEVILLE: Yeah, then the shepherd’s gonna leave us to go and find him.
TRAVIS: Abandoned. Happens every time.
EDGAR: There’s a lesson in there, somewhere, I think.
BRIDGET: Abandoned again. Maybe we ought to bring it up at our next union meeting, do you think?
TRAVIS: Yeah. (pause) How’s everyone else taking it?
NEVILLE: As good as can be expected, I suppose. They’re a little frightened and confused mostly, but it’s dark, so everyone’s just pretty much settling in for the evening.
TRAVIS: Confused? I should think so. Did you get a look at that floorshow in the sky? WOW!
EDGAR: Yeah, that was pretty spectacular.
TRAVIS: I mean, the whole heavenly host right in front of us! That was something else!
NEVILLE: Can’t get anything like that in downtown Bethlehem, noooo sir.
EDGAR: Much better than "Phantom of the Opera" or "Cats".
BRIDGET: (mutters) "Cats". Yeah, that one’s overrated…
TRAVIS: (confused) Did you catch everything that lead guy said?
NEVILLE: Not really. I mean, Gladys just kept carrying on, so I couldn’t make out a word. All I heard was “Fear not” and then it was just hysterics from then on out.
TRAVIS: But what a closing number, eh? “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
EDGAR: Very inspiring!
TRAVIS: Can hardly blame the shepherds for running off and seeing what it was all about. Looking for an encore, I’d imagine.
BRIDGET: Wish we could have gone along. Would have been nice.
TRAVIS: Well, come on, let’s go join the others. I guess that ‘s what we’re best at.
(NEVILLE, EDGAR, BRIDGET & TRAVIS turn to go off)
NEVILLE: --Figures it all had to do with Men. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to have some grand announcement about sheep every now and then.
EDGAR: Yeah, “grand announcement about sheep”. That’ll be the day!
(They are almost off)
NIGEL: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
NEVILLE: Nigel? Did you say something?
NIGEL: (pause) Nope.
(NEVILLE, EDGAR, BRIDGET & TRAVIS exit, lights down on NIGEL)
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