Multi-acts

These pieces are longer, more subdivided than our one-acts. While our musicals are typically the same length, these scripts are non-musical.

The Essence of His Death

50 minutes / 15 characters

Description
Hordedef and Sekhti, Egyptian purveyors of rare essence (used in the manufacture of perfume), have come up into Judea for the Passover. Familiar with the Hebrew holiday, they will be actively trying to separate the residents of Jerusalem from some of their hard-earned money. In the city, they are caught up in the political intrigue surrounding the trial and subsequent execution of a "prophet" from Nazareth. In the midst of it all, Sekhti falls in love with a young believer named Dinah.

Meanwhile, Nicodemus, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin finds the courage to renounce his standing in the Council and publicly claim this crucified one as his Master.

Men and women, young and old, Hebrew and Egyptian—all are somehow changed by this one called Jesus Christ. Some will hear His words but reject them as blasphemy; others will hear his words as wisdom, but never yield their lives; but some will believe and open their hearts, taking Jesus at his word and finally knowing the true Essence of His Death.

For musical variations on this play, see The Choice, or The Essence of His Death: The Musical (a larger production).

Theme
Why Jesus died for us; Human traditions vs God's word

Characters

  • Hordedef: Egyptian merchant of essence, perfumes and spices
  • Sekhti: the younger Egyptian merchant and our hero
  • Theodosius: a greasy, Roman merchant
  • Nicodemus: member of the Sanhedrin
  • Malchiah: friend of Nicodemus
  • Jerusha: servant woman of Caiaphas
  • Crassius: Roman soldier
  • Lucius: younger Roman soldier
  • Peter: the apostle
  • Dinah: a young, pretty Jewish woman and our heroine
  • Abigail: Dinah's older, wiser friend
  • Rahab: nasty, venomous friend of Dinah
  • Caiaphas: the Chief Priest
  • Artemus: servant of Nicodemus
  • Street people: Extras (any number)

Notes
Essence requires a standard stage-lighting setup and/or a curtain. Because His Company typically performs in church sanctuaries, we rarely use a curtain for scene changes, depending more on black-outs.

In the original production we used program music between scenes to both give movement and energy to the play's pacing and to set the mood for the upcoming scene.

Set
In keeping with His Company philosophy, the set for Essence is nominal, allowing the audience to focus on the characters and action. However, this play would also work well with a more traditional background and set. If your facilities and budget will allow, you could use painted backdrops, scrims, set pieces, etc. In our production (staged in a typical, carpeted sanctuary) we "suggested" elements that could have been actual set pieces in another production. For example, for the well or spring in Act 1/Scene 4, we simply had the women dip their pitchers over the side of a wooden banister.

The following set pieces are required:

  • "Rocks" or something for merchants to sit on
  • Benches for sitting
  • Fire ring (instructions for construction included with script)
  • Spring or well (or area of stage to suggest same)
  • Rough wooden table

Props

  • 5 large shoulder bags for merchants
  • Collection of glass and stone jars with stoppers
  • 3 leather pouches for coins
  • Coins
  • Large handful of gaudy, costume jewelry (Theodosius)
  • Water pouch
  • Large broken crusts of bread
  • 1 medium size fish (e.g., trout)
  • Collection of sticks for fire
  • Swords for soldiers
  • Collection of pottery waterjugs and baskets for women
  • Water
  • Collection of jugs, baskets, sticks, etc. for extras
  • Large impressive chair for Caiaphas (optional;depends on blocking)
  • 25 lb. bag of kitty litter (painted; for spices in Act 3/Scene 1)
  • Collection of blankets

Topics
The Essence of His Death The Choice Jesus Crucifixion Sacrifice Egypt Sekhti Hordedef Dinah Peter Denial Caiaphas Nicodemus Perfume Spice Easter

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The Surrender

50 minutes / 11 characters

Description
The Surrender is a "three-act" play in which there is the transfer of power from John the Baptist to Jesus, the Christ.

John was born to a woman beyond the years of childbearing and Jesus was born to a virgin; John was a man accustomed to the solitude of the desert and Jesus was lived in the village of Nazareth; John gave his life for Jesus and Jesus gave His life for our sins. The miraculous will of God was manifested in their lives to accomplish His plan for our salvation.

Jesus was sent by His heavenly Father to be light for a world darkened by sin. John the Baptist was sent by God to bear witness of this light and to proclaim His coming.

John's role was a difficult one which even he never fully understood. He stepped into a world wracked with political and religious upheaval to announce the coming of the long-awaited Messiah. But he also became a critical bridge from the adulterated laws of Moses to the saving grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Together they changed for all time the relationship people would have with God.

Notes
This play was originally staged in an abstract form, using no set or props, just actors working on a stage of various carpeted shapes. It would work well in-the-round. There are several places in the script where you will want to use a black-out for moving a character from one spot to another.

Characters

  • Narrator (in modern dress)
  • John the Baptist
  • Jesus
  • Mary (in late forties)
  • Satan (off-stage voice)
  • Bartholomew (Levite sent by Sanhedrin)
  • Timaeus (Levite sent by Sanhedrin)
  • Andrew (Disciple of John/Jesus)
  • John bar Zebedee (Disciple of John/Jesus)
  • Disciples #1 & #2

Topics
The Surrender Jesus John the Baptist Baptism Light Lamb of God Messiah Disciples Sanhedrin Mary Andrew Transfer of Power Ministry

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