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MARTHA   5'2m3f Martha worried and upset about many things

(scene: one chair DC)

MARY ----- (enters running, crosses to opposite exit shouting) 
Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! Lazarus, Martha, Jesus is 
coming!

LAZARUS -- (enters with open arms, crosses to Jesus) Jesus, 
welcome back!

JESUS ---- (enters with open arms) Lazarus, my friend. It's good 
to see you. (hugs)

LAZARUS -- Welcome to my home. It's so good to see you.

MARY ----- (enters backward, pulling Martha) Come quickly! Jesus 
is here!

MARTHA --- (enters, sewing costume) I haven't finished sewing 
these costumes yet. I'm not ready. 

MARY ----- (runs to Jesus with open arms) Oh, Jesus, you always 
stay away too long. 

JESUS ---- Mary, you are always a ray of sunshine. How nice to 
see you again. (hugs) And Martha, I see you're busy as always. 
(hugs)

MARTHA --- The house is a mess. I hope you'll forgive us. If we'd 
known you were coming we could have.... (exits sewing)

LAZARUS -- Martha, please! His time is too valuable for us to 
bother him with the mundane details of housekeeping. (to Jesus, 
points to chair) Dinner will be ready in a few minutes. Please, 
sit. Tell us about your ministry. (sits on floor)

MARY ----- (sits on floor) Yes, please! Tells us more about the 
kingdom of God.

JESUS ---- (sits) What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I 
compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and 
planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds 
of the air perched in its branches.

MARY ----- (pause) Who's line is it?

LAZARUS -- It's Martha line. Where is Martha?

DIRECTOR - (enters through audience, approaches stage) Cut! Cut! 
Stop! People, can't we get all the way through this rehearsal 
without an interruption? Where is Martha? Martha?!

MARTHA --- (enters sewing costume) Did someone call me? 

DIRECTOR - Yes, you missed your entrance, AGAIN! 

MARTHA --- I'm sorry. I was just sewing this costume. (holds it 
up) How do you like it so far? I thought the piping around the 
collar really added something, don't you?

DIRECTOR - Martha! I've told you three times, Jesus' costume is 
just fine. Oh, and by the way, your line on your first entrance 
is (looks at script) "I'm right in the middle of preparing 
dinner." not (imitating) "I haven't finished sewing these 
costumes yet. I'm not ready." 

MARTHA --- Well, I'm NOT ready. I think Jesus' costume would look 
much better with piping around the collar.

DIRECTOR - (impatient and emphatic) Martha, forget the costume 
and get back into character. We have only a few minutes before 
curtain time. Let's not forget what's important.

MARTHA --- Oh, alright.

DIRECTOR - (backs away) Let's take it from Jesus' monologue.

MARTHA --- (sewing) So, I'm supposed to be offstage now, right?

DIRECTOR - Martha!

MARTHA --- (exiting sewing) I'm going. I'm going.

JESUS ---- What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare 
it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted 
in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the 
air perched in its branches.

MARTHA --- (enters sewing, distracted) Lord, don't you care that 
my sister has left me to do the work by myself? (bites thread) 
Tell her to help me!

JESUS ---- Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many 
things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is 
better, and it will not....

MARTHA --- (to Mary) Mary, can you turn toward the audience a 
little more? (turns Mary's shoulders)

JESUS ---- ....be taken away from her.

DIRECTOR - Cut! Cut! Stop! Martha, what are you doing?!

MARTHA --- Well, I worked extra hard to make Mary's costume look 
pretty and I was just having her turn so the audience will be 
able to see....

DIRECTOR - Martha!

MARTHA --- What? I was just...

DIRECTOR - Martha!

MARTHA --- Alright, I'm listening.

DIRECTOR - Jesus, say your line to Martha again. Martha, listen 
to this.

MARTHA --- Shall I go offstage again?

DIRECTOR - No, this is not the rehearsal. I want you to hear the 
words of Jesus. (points to Jesus) Go.

JESUS ---- Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many 
things, but only one thing is needed. 

DIRECTOR - Are you listening, Martha?

MARTHA --- To what?

DIRECTOR - (to Jesus) Say it again.

JESUS ---- Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many 
things, but only one thing is needed. 

DIRECTOR - Do I need to have him say the line again?

MARTHA --- No. You made your point.

DIRECTOR - And what's my point?

MARTHA --- It's the words of Jesus that are important, not the 
silly costumes. (tosses costume into audience) I'm sorry. I'm 
just like the Martha in the Bible, aren't I? 

DIRECTOR - (smiles) That's why I cast you in the part.

MARTHA --- (heartfelt) The words of Jesus are really powerful, 
aren't they?

JESUS ---- She has chosen what is right.

DIRECTOR - Alright, everybody, we don't have time for another 
run through, but I think the audience will get the message. 
(exiting) Clear the stage.

(all exit talking among themselves)

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