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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Black (10/15/09)

TITLE: Out of Darkness
By Tim Pickl
10/17/09


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(House lights off; all lights on stage down. At first, all we hear is a dark, ominous male voice.)

VOICE OF DARKNESS
You know my voice. You know it quite well. I am your fear. Some of you would know me as your greatest fear. You are lostólost forever in the pitch-black darkness of sin. There are no exits, there is no way out. I have driven you to a place where I completely have you in my sinister grip. Donít try to run. Donít try to hide. I know you, because I see you cringe. I see you tossing and turning in your sleep. I rule your nightmares--and because you are deprived of sleep--I rule you. You hate the darkness, and thatís good, thatís good--

(A single, thin spotlight, white shines stage right, breaking the darkness. Now we hear a pleasant, inviting male voice.)

VOICE OF LIGHT
Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

VOICE OF DARKNESS
NO! I know some of you heard that voice. Donít listen to Him! He will lead you astray. He will lead you into the bondage of religious rules and ridiculous regulations and heinous hypocrisy. Rather, give in to your rage. Yes; feel the anger surging through you. Stay here with me in the dark. Do you feel it? Thatís it; now let it seethe inside your sin-stained soul. Let it drag you into deep, dark depression. There are no exits; there is no way outó

(White spotlight wider, stronger.)

VOICE OF LIGHT
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

VOICE OF DARKNESS
NO! NO! There is NO WAY OUT. Donít you see? Heís lying to you. LYING. He doesnít care about you. Only foolish fanatics follow Him! All they want from you is your money, right? Every time they see you, they ask you for your money. Ah-hah! Thatís itógive in to your resentment. Let me send oppression into your life. See, doesnít it feel safe to be trapped? Trapped in darkness. Trapped, trapped, trapped! Ignore that Light. Just ignore itó

(Another thin spotlight, white appears. This time we hear children singing.)

VOICES OF LIGHT
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

VOICE OF DARKNESS
Arrrgh! Donít listen to them. They are just brain-washed Sunday School kids whoíve been led astray. You grown-up adults know better. You know that The Bible is NOT at all true. You know that men made up most of the fairy tale stories in it. Thatís itóyouíre beginning to doubt again. Ah-hah! Give in to those feelings of bitternessóremember how your parents MADE you go to church or to temple, even when you didnít want to? Remember how they forced you to go through all the religious nonsense? YesÖyesÖthatís it, thatís it. Now youíre being blinded by my darkness again. Ignore that Light. Itís misguidedó

(Another thin spotlight, white appears; and grows strongóand red--as the Voice of Light speaks.)

VOICE OF LIGHT
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

VOICE OF DARKNESS
Lies! All lies! Do youóa reasonable modern thinking, enlightened, worldly adult--believe all this nonsense? Do you? Come on! Stay here with me! Stay here in the darkness. Stay hereó

(woman in the center of the audience, suddenly stands and raises both hands; all spotlights shine on her)

VOICE OF DARKNESS
No! No! Donít listen to the Light. Donít go toward the Light--

WOMAN IN AUDIENCE
HELLLLLP! HELP! Help meÖ I canít stand it! I canít stand it anymore! What must I do to be saved from this horrible darkness?

VOICE OF LIGHT
You must be born again.

VOICE OF DARKNESS
NO! NO!!!

(All lights on.)

VOICE OF LIGHT
YES! Repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, and to your children.

(Immediately the woman in the audience falls to her knees, and begins praying, repenting.)


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Reference: (All Scriptures from the New Living Translation)--

1 Peter 2:9
Matthew 11:28
John 14:6
John 3:16
John 3:7
Acts 2:38-39


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Jan Ackerson 10/26/09
This is very powerful! I'd love to see this performed!
Allen Stark10/26/09
Having been involved in and taught performing arts, I can sometimes relate to scripted writing even better. Nice work!
Brenda Shipman 10/26/09
I have a loved one in the midst of such darkness and who is listening to the enemy's lies, so this seemed very vivid to me. As I read your entry, I kept thinking, "Yep, he/she got it right." I have some issues with your theology in the closing paragraph, but understand this forum is not intended to grapple with doctrine? (not sure, though, because I'm pretty new here) I also think "Satan's" wording could've been more convincing if it were more subtle, since that is how he generally operates. Having said all this, I really do like this entry and think it could be a powerful tool. Keep writing!
Mary Lou Cook10/27/09
This would be an ideal play for a Youth Group. Teens to share their faith with other teens.
Good job.
Rachel Phelps10/27/09
Excellent! I used to perform in a youth group drama team, and this would have been a powerful skit! You should consider publishing, or at least sharing it with a drama team.
Aaron Morrow10/27/09
Excellent script, it resonates personally for me. Good work!
Beth LaBuff 10/27/09
Love the creativity of this. I could just picture this and think it would be extremely effective!! Great work!
Catrina Bradley 10/28/09
Powerful. I was watching this unfold in my head as I read your words.