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PARALYZE 5'3m0f Paralytic is lowered through a hole in the roof

(scene: bottom half of a ladder protrudes from offstage)

(light cue: dim to dark, dim up full)

THUG -- (descends ladder, laughing) 

LEVI -- (enters, laughing) It worked. My plan worked! (hands 
pouch of coins to Thug) Well done.

THUG -- (brooklyn accent) Thanks, Boss. (laughs, opens pouch,
pours coins into hand, begins counting in whispers)

LEVI -- (laughs) Jesus stopped talking in mid-sentence when he 
saw that nobody was listening. Everybody was looking up at you 
digging a hole in the roof.

THUG -- It's amazing how much attention you can get when you 
drop a little debris on people's heads.(laughs, begins counting 
from one again)

LEVI -- Then, just when Jesus began talking again, you 
distracted his audience again. Nice touch.

THUG -- You liked my paralytic on the rope trick? (begins 
counting from one again)

LEVI -- I had no idea you were going to try to lower ANYONE 
through the whole on a rope, let alone a paralytic. Where did 
you get him from?

THUG -- I wasn't looking for a paralytic, Boss. I went down to 
the city gate and picked the beggar with the loudest mouth. I 
figured the louder the mouth the more the disruption. (begins 
counting from one again)

LEVI -- Well, it worked. (laughs)

ARNY -- (enters hurriedly) It didn't work, Boss.

LEVI -- What do you mean it didn't work?! He didn't finished the 
parable, did he?

ARNY -- No. But Jesus just offered to forgive the beggar.

LEVI -- Forgive him! Quickly! (grabs coins and pouch from Thug)

THUG -- Hey, what did you do that for?!

LEVI -- Go back up on the roof and drop some more debris on the 
crowd! (pushes) Go! We need to stall for time.

THUG -- (climbs ladder, mumbling)

LEVI -- (to Arny) You go back in and ask Jesus who he thinks he 
is to forgive sins. Remind him that only God can forgive sins.

ARNY -- (exiting) I'm right on it, Boss.

LEVI -- (paces) Oh, that Jesus is a sly one. I give him lemons, 
he makes lemonade. Of all the things he could say in that 
situation, he chooses forgiveness. Why not try to shut the 
beggar up? Why not finish the parable?

THUG -- (descends ladder) It worked boss. Everybody stopped 
listening and looked up at me.

LEVI -- (hands pouch and money to Thug) Good.

THUG -- (begins counting from one again in whispers)

ARNY -- (enters hurriedly) Not Good, Boss.

LEVI -- What do you mean? Didn't you shame him for claiming he 
could forgive sins?

ARNY -- Yes, but now he's talking about healing the beggar's 
paralysis.

LEVI -- Quickly! (grabs coins and pouch from Thug)

THUG -- Hey, what did you do that for?!

LEVI -- Go! Go back up on the roof and drop some more debris on 
the crowd! (pushes) Go! We need to confuse the crowd.

THUG -- (climbs ladder, mumbling)

LEVI -- You, go back in and remind Jesus that only God can heal 
the sick. Go!

ARNY -- (exiting) I'm right on it, Boss.

LEVI -- (paces) Imagine a carpenter and the son of a carpenter 
thinking he can forgive sins and heal people. It's bad enough 
this jerk preaches against us Pharisees and calls us hypocrits, 
now he's claiming to be God himself.

THUG -- (descends ladder) It worked boss. Everybody stopped 
listening and looked up at me.

LEVI -- (hands pouch and money to Thug) Good.

THUG -- (begins counting from one again in whispers) Well, it 
worked for a while anyway. (begins counting from one again in 
whispers) 

LEVI -- For a while? What do you mean for a while?!

THUG -- Well, everybody stopped listening and looked up at me. 
But then Jesus healed the beggar. (begins counting from one 
again in whispers) 

LEVI -- He what?!

THUG -- Jesus healed the beggar. He's not crippled no more. 
(begins counting from one again in whispers)

LEVI -- That's impossible!

THUG -- Impossible or not, Jesus said "I tell you, get up, take 
your mat and go home". Then, the beggar got up, picked up his 
mat and walked out the front door. (begins counting from one 
again in whispers) 

LEVI -- That's impossible! Nobody can heal a paralytic except 
God himself!

THUG -- That's what the other guy said. (begins counting from 
one again in whispers) 

LEVI -- What other guy? My assistant?

THUG -- Yeah, after the beggar got up and walked, he said 
(shouts) "Who can heal the sick but God himself!" And then he 
bowed down and worshiped Jesus. (begins counting from one again 
in whispers) 

LEVI -- I send him in to ask a few questions and he ends up 
worshiping Jesus. Who does this Jesus think he is?! (exits)

THUG -- (exiting) If you don't want to hear the answer, don't 
ask the question.

(light cue: dim to dark)

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