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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: Eureka!
By Debbie Sickler
07/20/06


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Approximat run time: 5-10 min.

Setting: A living room/den with a recliner, end table with accessories, and a television.

Man enters, sets down a toolbox. Rubs hands together excitedly and picking up the remote, plops down in recliner. Clicks television on.

Man: Eureka! Iíve found whatís been missing in my life! At last, Iíll have true happiness and total inner peace. Every moment will be filled with blissful joy. My satellite dish now has an additional three hundred and ninety two channels! (Sighs heavily and settles into chair) Iíll never have to leave my home againÖ

Curtain.

Curtain opens. Man, still wearing same clothing, but looking rather rumpled. Still sits in recliner, eyes glued to the television. Various wrappers, food containers, and soda cans are littered about, as though he has been sitting there for a few days.

Man: Well, that high didnít last long. Wonder if thereís anything to watch on the weather channel.

Starts clicking through channels, looking for the weather channel, appearing rather weary from searching for something satisfying.

Man: Oooh! The home shopping channel! Yes! I have a brand knew credit card Iíve been dieing to break in. Now what shall it be? A shiny ring with a genuine princess cut cubic zirconium for Marge or a new Deluxe Jorge Backmon grill for me? Eureka! This little number has free shipping if I call within the next one hundred and seven minutesÖ

Picks up wallet off table and reaches for the phone. Starts dialing, looking back and forth at the television for the correct number.

Curtain.

Curtain opens. Man enters finally wearing a different shirt and a chefís apron with hat. Holds a metal spatula, smudges on face.

Man: Well the new grill was a disaster. My poor burgersÖ (Removes hat, placing it over his heart and hangs head in a moment of silence. Replaces hat.) Maybe I should order some take out.

Sits down and picks up phone off the table.

Man: Now, what am I craving? Eureka! Pizza! Thatíll hit the spot! I just know there is going to be one perfect pizza out there, waiting to come to me and fulfill its destiny of bringing joy to my life. Iíve already tried every combination known to man, but Iím sure the perfect combo is still waiting to be discovered. And when I find it, I am going to love every last morselÖ

Curtain.

Curtain opens. Man sits in recliner, looking disappointed as he strokes his overstuffed belly. Empty pizza box tossed aside.

Man: Well, that didnít fill up my soul much, though it did add about ten pounds to my gut. Maybe I should rethink how Iím going about this whole satisfying my soul business. I tried entertainment. It wasnít very amusing. The new grill I bought nearly took my eyebrows off with the burgers. That wasnít a very pleasant experience. And when I tried stuffing my face, the emptiness inside seemed to swallow it up faster than my big mouth could chew. (Pausing) Thereís got to be something I havenít tried yetÖ

HmmÖthat guy in the next cubicle at work always seems pretty content. The other day he did suggest going to church with him. Guess it canít hurt at this point.

Curtain.

Curtain opens. Man enters, his face beaming.

Man (to audience): Wow! Why didnít I try that place before? Church is awesome! I learned stuff I never knew, like how God already wrote a great book I could read for hours. His son Jesus already paid a major price for me and He is the bread of life that will make me never thirst again. What an incredible day. I even ended up saying a little prayer at the end of the serviceÖ(wistfully) EurekaÖ

Curtain.

End


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Jan Ackerson 07/21/06
A cute skit--the man's monologue isn't very realistic, but it is...skit-like. Check the spelling of "approximate"--you never want to start a piece of writing with a misspelled word. I'd love to see this performed.
Lisa Vest07/24/06
This would be neat to see performed b/c so many people are trying to feed their souls with material things. Great reminder that we all have that God-sized hole in our hearts until we meet the Saviour of our Soul. Good job.
Jan Ross07/24/06
There were a couple spelling problems, but aside from that I got a kick out of it. I could see it being performed for a youth group. Good idea! :)
Allison Egley 07/25/06
I liked this a lot. In the last scene though, I would maybe have him walking out with his friend and saying that, or perhaps driving home in his car rather than directing it to the audience. The assumption of the previous scenes is that it is his thoughts, and that he's not necessarily talking to the audience. It seems like a shift to have him talk directly to the audience at the end. I would love to see this performed.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz07/25/06
Very interesting plot. Good way to cover the subject.
Lynda Lee Schab 07/25/06
Very clever skit! I could easily envision it being acted out in church. If I were to nitpick, I would probably pick at the predictability of the ending but I definitely enjoyed it, nonetheless. Well done!
Joanne Sher 07/25/06
Cute! This definitely made me laugh! I agree with the comments above about unbelievability - but it is a skit, after all!
Rita Garcia07/25/06
Creative, I too would enjoy seeing this performed!
Debbie Sickler07/25/06
Hi everyone. I just wanted to comment about those saying they would like to see this skit performed. I don't know if the comments are sincere or just flattery, but if anyone would like to use this skit, please feel free. If you do actually use it anywhere, it'd be pretty cool to hear about it. :)
Shari Armstrong 07/25/06
Cute! :) Maybe a bit longer with another character for him to interact with might be fun :)
Jen Davis07/26/06
A very cute, creative and enjoyable skit. I would also like to see this performed. I agree that the ending did not seem to fit the overall piece. Perhaps have him look out his window and see his neighbors (who always seem so satisfied) going to church... This may trigger his interest or he may shrug it off and go back to flipping the channels on his television. Just a thought. I really enjoyed this!
T. F. Chezum07/26/06
This is creative, and I also would like it performed (no that's not just flattery)
Tracey Jackson07/27/06
Good entertainment and nice to see a skit for a change!